Taruru Aboriginal Song Poetry From The Pilbara
by C. G. von Brandenstein and A.P. Thomas
Rigby Limited, 1974, [First Edition], illustrations in text throughout, some songs showing relevant sheet music, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 085179775X
Near Fine Condition, ex-library (only 1 cancelled stamp on title page and sticker residue on inside back cover, and front and back cover. (see photographs), dustjacket has very minor shelf wear and sticker on spine.
'Taruru gives fascinating proof that Aboriginal culture is still alive and flourishing, and has even entered another dimension because of white influence.
The book contains a selection, translation, and annotation of songs composed by modern Aborigines. They follow the same conventions as the tabis ans similar songs which young men of the Pilbara region of Western Australia were taught to compose during their initiation period, long before the white man came. Tabis are "individual" songs, used to describe physical or spiritual feelings or experiences. Some, in their use of a few words to evoke a mood, have a kinship with Japanese Haiku.'