The Legend & Song Storytellers
|What is history and what is legend
these are the questions for which we seek answers.
Aboriginal legendary stories are accounts of folk ancestral heroes and spiritual teachings told in song, dance and oral verse. Told by both men and women, they are presented at campfires; to clan family members; to young children; and to those being initiated into higher degrees of spiritual teaching. To some Europeans, they are nothing more than childlike stories of curiosity their interpretations often under-estimated. Some have hidden codes of teaching revealed only to those permitted to understand the sacred inner secrets of their spiritual life, social structures, cultural significances, oral and artistic expression dutifully passed from generation to generation their only means of perpetuating a history through entrusted History Teachers or Keepers of Legends in the absence of any written language.
In doing so over the centuries, interpretations varied as each teller added his or her translation (just reminders of all European histories). A legend told at one end of ancestral lands will differ from that told at the opposite. Concepts however remain the same with demarcations between truth and fiction becoming a point of detention. Without any clear and genuine guidance, we, as Europeans coming to understand the intricacies of all Aboriginal culture, are therefore resigned to accept the end interpreted history as told to us by modern storytellers at face value whether they be right or wrongful versions.
For the Aborigine, legends and songs was their way of life a soul and spiritual connection to the land telling of their purpose in the cycle of life and harmonious relationships through ancestral teachings, spirit world heroes and legendary creatures characters of whom are presented as living examples of past existences. To many Europeans (including many modern-day Aboriginal descendents), these secret dualities and characters remain a mystery. All experience difficulties in understanding because modern civilisation has diverted them from their original lifestyles. The ancient secrets have become lost those with the knowledge of the innermost teachings have long gone to their Sky World without passing on their many centuries of knowledge. Today, old legends are regarded as just stories. How wrong they are in their perceptions!
In todays commercial world we see many forms of Aboriginal legend some are genuine others are modern concoctions compositions having no real meaning to old definitive and cultural beliefs. They have become widely accepted as truthful stories much to historical concern. These versions often (and sadly) offer a much-distorted insight into the old cultures. Adding to the confusion, they are perpetuated by modern self-appointed storyteller Elders. Of greater concern is that any old genuine storyteller accreditations; dates, and the places of telling are never shown to verify their authenticity.
Serious researchers into what remains of the clan histories of the Mary River valley over the past 20 years, now have a unique, rare collection of unedited genuine Kabi legends and songs a collection now believed to be the oldest ever recorded for the Kabi peoples of the Gympie-Mary River Valley-Cooloola Coast region and their neighbouring clan associates in South East Queensland. To maintain authenticity, this collection has been researched, assembled, presented, and accredited to the known recorded original storytellers (c.1851-1938) in their near-original English-Kabi-Wakka interpretations from early anthropological records by early station holders in the region. The entire collection is now available to those who love Aboriginal storytelling ideals and their hidden philosophies.
The recorded storytellers of the Kabi clans in the Mary River valley are shown as follows:
- The Kabi Storytellers
|The Family of Storytellers:
(* These were very old men at the time
- deaths not recorded they went away and did not return.)
|The legacy of these Kabi Clan storytellers now
held in trust includes nearly 60 Legends, Songs and Chants that have been categorised into
four groups Special Places Gods of the Sky World Spirit Creatures
General Songs, Chants and Mantras. It is one of a kind.
The following reproduction is a sacred chant of a true Kabi descendent. Only he or she will know the sacred ancestral spirits and places that must be said (where shown) in claiming rightful guardianships over their lands. To perform the chant with wrongful titles we are to understand will incur the wrath of the ancestral spirits of the clan lands in question:
kani-kan'igana yi'ki kal'angi - Ngara!
For a more precise documentary on all the material
displayed on this website, the information is available on request by serious researchers
- See contact addresses and further information details on the General
Information page of this website.
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