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Main Title: Moon and rainbow : the autobiography of an Aboriginal / Dick Roughsey (Goobalathaldin).
Author: Roughsey, Dick, c.1920-1985
Imprint: Reed, 1971.
Collation: 168 p. : ill. (some col.), portraits(some col.), maps, hbk ; 25 cm.
Summary: Author is Lardil man from Mornington Island; comments on conception beliefs, birth, food plants, camp life, Creation myth, myths on origin of death, Thuwathu the Rainbow Serpent, marriage rules, relations with Mission staff, hunting & fishing, stellar myths, dugong hunting, wild bee myth; initiation myth, describes initiation ceremony, subincision, secret Damin language; flood ceremony, 22 lines of rain stopping song (with free translation), story of Warrenby, sorcery and sorcerers, clay as medicine, love magic, moon legend, death & mourning, burial, inquest, spirit beliefs; relations with Bentinck Island (Kaiadilt) people, stories of early settlement of Sweers Island; work on cattle stations & as deckhand, encouragement to work on bark paintings; notes expeditions with P. Trezise to find rock paintings, Cooktown area; short glossary of Lardil words (c.19 terms)

Dick Roughsey was an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Lardil language group on Mornington Island in the south-eastern Gulf of Carpentaria Queensland. His tribal name was Goobalathaldin meaning 'the ocean dancing' describing a 'rough sea'. He was an active and prominent figure involved in reviving and preserving the cultural life of the Lardil people. His best known works are a series of children's picture books that retell traditional Aboriginal stories including "The Rainbow Serpent".
Subject: Roughsey, Dick, c.1920-1985
Trezise, Percy, 1923-2005
Art and artists
First Nations Australians - - Biography
Rock art
Rock art
First Nations Australians - Culture
Myths and legends
Lardil tribe
First Nations Australians
Mornington Island (Qld)
Bentinck Island (Qld)
Sweers Island (Qld)
Cooktown (Qld)
Queensland Gulf country (Qld)
Lardil (First Nations Australian people)
Wellesley Islands (Qld)
Cape York Peninsula (Qld.)
ISBN: 0589006657
Maps as endpapers.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 QLD NWES BIO ROU Available