Sam D. Gill

in Storytracking

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195115871
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853427 | DOI:

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Close to the old station of Hermannsburg lie the four-mile running waters (as the European-Australians call it) of Irbmangkara, which provide irrigation to nearby plantation, drinking water, livelihood and food. It serves as the meeting place of different groups of individuals from all part of Arrernte and Matuntara since it is in a convenient and accessible location to all these places. Apart from these physical narratives, the area has its dark side, offering accounts of assassination, revenge, counter retaliation, hearsays and protest. Actors involve messengers, cattle ranchers, warriors and other types of people from all sorts of regions. Theodor Strehlow's standpoint about these things is presented in this section, followed by the elaboration of overlapped incidents of Irbmangkara storytrack with that of Numbakulla, Willshire and Sacred Pole.

Keywords: Irbmangkara; Arrernte; Matuntara; European-Australians; Carl Strehlow; Numbakulla; Willshire; Sacred Pole

Chapter.  10298 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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