"Every Hero Has A Story." My Blogging From A to Z theme bridges the summer library reading programs throughout the U.S. with storytelling opportunities, ideas, and activities.
I found this lovely Australian myth in the book entitled Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters, edited by Kathleen Ragan. It, along with several other Australian treasures can also be found in the full text of "Myths and Legends of the Torres Strait" - wonderful tales! Asou Thaiday told this story on July 6, 1966 on Yam Island in the Torres Strait. Yam island is about a mile in length and half a mile in width with a population of around 340. The Torres Straits include reefs, rocks, and islands located between the northern most tip of Australia and New Guinea.
Uzu, the White Dogai, is an unlikely heroine because most dogais are evil tricksters, always looking to snatch a man to grab as a husband or even children, as told in other dogai tales. Uzu was a good dogai, kind to all who might be in trouble. I've included the entire text of "Uzu, the White Dogai" below. Enjoy!
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