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What Australia Owes the Strehlows

The Aranda’s Pepa: An Introduction to Carl Strehlow’s Masterpiece Die Aranda-und Loritja-Stämme in Zentral-Australien (1907–1920) by Anna Kenny ANU Press, 2013, 310 pages, $28   Man walks through these forests of symbols. — Baudelaire Bruce Chatwin’s Songlines (1988) has become famous for the way in which Chatwin was able to communicate to a popular audience the richness of the Aboriginal song cycles or Dreaming tracks that criss-cross vast regions of Central Australia. Chatwin had read T.G.H. Strehlow’s Songs of Central Australia (1971), greatly admiring the idiosyncratic nature of Strehlow’s work. It was Strehlow’s depth of scholarship combined with his comparison…

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