Book of traditional Australian Aboriginal Storytelling

Aboriginal story book, Gadi Mirrabooka, with thirty-three Dreamtime stories retold by Pauline McLeod, June Barker and Francis Firebrace to Helen McKay, Editor. Included are chapters on mythology, culture and legends. It contains illustrations including colour plates of paintings by Aboriginal artist Francis Firebrace. 

Life lessons

Australian Aboriginal stories contain many life lessons useful in and out of school classrooms. Gadi Mirrabooka introduces wonderful tales from the Dreaming, the mystical period of the Australian Aboriginal beginning. Through these stories, learn about customs and values, animal psychology, hunting and gathering skills, cultural norms, moral behavior, the spiritual belief system, survival skills, and food resources.


In fact, this is one of the most distinctive Australian Aboriginal story books. This collection of sacred traditional Aboriginal creation stories is an immensely valuable treasure for educators. Also for parents, children and adult readers. Grades K to Adult.

Consequently, colleges, high schools, primary schools, pre-schools, teachers and students purchase this story book. Likewise, cultural organisations, community centres and a prison, parents and grand-parents buy Gadi Mirrabooka. This classic sells around Australia and the world. It’s been selling for 20 years.


See the page listing all the stories with links to samples from those stories. There are stories about How the Emu Lost Its Wings, How the Kangaroo got her Pouch, How the Koala Lost His Tail, Why the Kookaburra Laughs, The Mother Snake (Rainbow Serpent) and many other famous Aboriginal stories.

Gadi Mirrabooka, which means Below the Southern Cross, contains thirty-three stories from the Dreaming. The Australian Aboriginal culture is recognized as the oldest living culture on earth.

Also, the stories in this collection; unlike many previous collections of Aboriginal stories, are told by Aboriginal storyteller custodians with permission from the elders.

Aboriginal StorytellingPublished in hard cover format in the World Folklore Series 2001, by Libraries Unlimited division of Heinemann. Pages: xviii, 135p. + 8p. Insert Color plates, Size: 7×10 inch, Cloth, ISBN 1-56308-923-8

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