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Storytracking: Texts, Stories, and Histories in Central Australia

Sam D. Gill


This work takes a narrative technique (known as “storytracking”) practiced by Australian aboriginal people and applies it to the academic study of their culture. The book's purpose is to get as close as possible to the perceptions and beliefs of these indigenous people by stripping away the layers of European interpretation and construction. Techniques involve comparing the versions of aboriginal texts presented in academic reports with the text versions as they appear in each report's cited sources. Comparative studies reveal the various academic operations—translating, editing, conflating, i ... More

Keywords: narrative, storytracking, aboriginal people, Mircea Eliade, Australia, European interpretation, Numbakulla and the Sacred Pole, indigenous people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195115871
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam D. Gill, author
University of Colorado, Boulder