EACH ANIMAL HOLDS A SPECIAL MEANING.
|KANGAROO-HOLDER OFNIGHT AND DAY|
The Porcupine and Goanna TribesThe porcupine and goanna tribes were friends and the men would often hunt together, even though the porcupine tribe were very proud and did everything they were supposed to, and the goanna tribe were very sly, cunning and a lazy lot. Now there came a time when food was scarce, so they had to walk for many days to hunt for food. Finally the porcupines, because of there determination, they made a kill. The goanna's seeing the chance of a free feed said, "You have done your share, you can rest while we prepare the food". Soon the porcupines were fast asleep, and the goannas saw this they loaded the food and proceeded to steal it away.
Soon the porcupines woke as the goannas were disappearing into the trees, seeing this they jumped up and they all grabbed a fire stick and ran after them. When they caught up with them they started hitting them on the back and leaving a distinctive pattern that is still seen today. The goanna's soon learnt that it didn't pay to be sly and promised they would have more strength and respect. So if you have a little more guile and intelligence than others, make sure you use this to the advantage of others and not to their detriment.
Wayamba the TurtleOne day, while the turtle-man was out gathering food, he saw the lizard-man's wife named oola, and her three children digging yams. Wayamba decided he would like a wife and family so he took them home. When wayamba's tribe saw what he had done they were very angry. They approached the turtle-man and said, "You are going to be punished for this". But the turltle-man only laughed at their warning. Early the next morning he saw the fury of his tribe as they showered him with spears.
Wayamba quickly chose the two biggest shields that he had for protection, and slun one on his back and the other one on his front, as the spears came whizzing through the air, wayamba drew his arms inside the shields and ducked his head down between them. The spears of his tribe rained down on him, they advanced closer and closer, leaving him nowhere to run, his only chance of escape was to dive into the creek and swim down deeper and deeper.
That was the last time the tribe saw wayamba, he never surfaced again. Sometime later in the water-hole where he had dived down, the tribe saw a strange creature which had a plate fixed to its back. When they tried to catch the creature, it drew in its head and limbs, eluding capture, so they said:"it must be wayamba". This was the beginning of wayamba, or as we now say "turtles", which live in the creeks and water holes.
The CrocodileA LONG TIME AGO BACK IN THE DREAMTIME, THERE WAS AN OLD CROCODILE CALLED GUNADAR, HE WAS GETTING LONELY AND DECIEDED TO GET HIMSELF A WIFE. AS HE TRAVELED DOWN THE RIVER, HE SAW ALL THOSE YOUNG GIRLS WASHING THER BABIES IN THE RIVER. AS HE WENT ON FURTHER, THERE WAS A YOUNG GIRL BY HERSELF. SO HE STOLE HER AWAY AND TOOK HER BACK TO HIS LARE. HE TOLD HER THAT HE WOULD ALWAYS LOOK AFTER HER, AND EVERY DAY HE WOULD BRING HER A FISH, BUT IN RETURN SHE MUST HELP HIM LOOK AFTER HIS EGGS. SHE WAS HAPPY FOR A LONG TIME BUT ONE DAY SHE STARTED TO MISS HER FAMILY,SO WHEN GUNADAR WAS OUT LOOKING FOR A FISH, SHE DUG A HOLE IN THE BACK OF THE LARE AND RAN ALL THE WAY BACK TO HER PEOPLE. WHEN SHE ARRIVED, THE OLD MEN ASKED WHERE SHE HAD BEEN. SHE TOLD THEM THAT THE OLD CROCODILE HAD STOLEN HER FOR HIMSELF.
THEY SAID THAT WHEN THEY SAW HIM, THAT THEY WOUD KILL HIM. WHEN GUNADAR CAME BACK TO HIS LARE, HE FOUND HIS WIFE WAS GONE. HE SAW THE HOLD IN THE BACK OF THE LARE AND DECIDED TO FOLLOW WHERE SHE HAD GONE.HE COULD SEE HER FOOTSTEPS AND FOLLOWED THEM, WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE CAMP SITE, THE OLD MEN CAME UP AND DROVE SPEARS INTO HIM, UNTILL HE WAS DEAD. THE GIRL FELT VERY SORRY NOW. SHE KNEW THAT, THE OLD CROCODILE MUST HAVE LOVED HER TO COME ALL THE WAY TO THE CAMP TO TRY AND WIN HER BACK, SHE REMEMBERED THE EGGS WERE BY THEMSELVES SO SHE RAN ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE LARE AND LOOKED AFTER THEM HERSELF. WHEN THEY ALL HATCHED SHE TOLD THEM "MAN KILLED YOUR FATHER, SO WHEN YOU SEE A MAN, I WANT YOU TO EAT HIM." THIS IS A STORY TO EXPLAIN TO THE CHILDREN, THAT IF YOU GO INTO THE WATER, A CROCODELE MIGHT BE WAITING THERE TO EAT YOU.
The goanna,turtle and fish (gunural, badigial and gugu.)Back in the dreamtime when all the animals were still human. There was a beautiful woman called 'gugu'. She was from the fish tribe. She was in love with two men. One who was very romantic and always loved to cuddle her and show his love, but he was also a coward. And the goanna man who was a brave man who showed his love by impressing her with his strength and hunting skills. One-day gunural took gugu out hunting with him and showed her that he was brave and strong and wanted her to show him how strong she was.
He handed her a spear to throw, but she was only a woman and could not throw very far. He became furious with her for being so weak, in fear she ran to the water hole where she found her other lover, bajigal, the turtle man. She did not know that gunural had followed her there and when he saw them together his anger raged. He said he was going to kill bajigal, so the turtle man ran because he was a coward. As he ran through the tribes camp he picked up two shields. He put one on his front and one on his back to protect himself from gunurals spears. When he returned to gugu he held her and said he'd always look after her. They decided to hide in the billabong so that gunural could not find them.
This is how the fish came to live in the rivers and billabongs and the turtle man, who always has a shield on his back and front, came to live there too. He is always sticking his head out of the water looking for gunural's spears. When the goanna man saw the two turn into there totems, he became very frightened and ran as fast as he could into the desert where he still lives today, and he too turned into his totem, the goanna.
Bohra the kangaroo and dinewan the emu dreamtime storyIn the dreamtime there was no daytime and everything was dark. Bohra the kangaroo took Dinewan the emu to be his wife. Dinewan was happy for awhile, but became increasingly restless, as all Bohra wanted to do was to laze around and sleep. Bohra always slept with his back to the east, and this stopped the sun from rising. Dinewan would love to run around and stretch her legs and wings. She began to complain about Bohra's laziness and the constant darkness in which they lived.
To pass the time, Dinewan would fiddle with the leaves and they would sometimes fall on her husbands face and wake him up Dinewan was bored doing nothing and unable to see, one night, longing for some exercise she flew from her nest, and in the darkness flew straight into a tree, the collision broke both of her wings and she fell to the ground as she returned on foot, to Bohra to tell him what had happened, she stumbled over the sticks and rocks in the bush, which scratched all the feathers from her legs. When Bohra saw his wife, he felt very ashamed; his beautiful wife was broken before him.
To make amends, he promised her that he would roll back the night. So now, when you look at the kangaroo in the morning his back is still to the east, and in the afternoon his back is to the west. So he made it day to see and night to sleep, and when you look at the emu she has no wings for flight and featherless scarred legs
Representing: marriage, devotion and respect.
Brolga the Native Companion
Only when we are in danger of losing something that we begin to value it. When the land was still in dreamtime, living things took on the form of men and gradually achieved individual characteristics as animals. This is the story of "prolggi" - brolga of the native companion.
The yalanji people lived near a huge lake. Everyday they fished and hunted around and in the lake. The men would hunt wallabies and the fish and turtles in the lake. And the women would collect waterlily bulbs and seeds.
There were two young ones who were always together. Their mothers were best friends and both children had unusual bright red hair. When they were little they could always be together, but now they were getting older, the boy had to go hunting with the older men. As time went on the boy realized that he had fallen in love with the girl. But the girl only saw him as a big brother figure.
When ceremony came around, he would always be looking at her to see if she was watching him dance. He would flash his red hair around as he danced and every one noticed how bright it was. When it was the girl's time to dance she would also wave her lovely red hair round, and every one would say that they were ment to be together.
One day the boy did not come back from hunting and the story got around that another tribe was seen near by. Others said that they thought he had run away to meet another lover. And still others said that maybe he was just lost, or had been bitten by a snake, and was too sick to return. No one knew what had really happened. Every day the girl missed him, and looked for a sign that her love was still alive. She checked the horizon for smoke signals, she even asked all the hunting party to look for him, but he was no where to be seen.
The girl stated to really miss him and realized that she was really in love with the boy so she took of to look for him. This was the last time the tribe saw the girl too.
But latter on the tribe saw two graceful birds dancing near the lakes edge. Both birds had red heads and danced about shaking there red heads and they danced so gracefully that the tribe knew that it must be the two who went missing.
No matter how lost you may seem, you can always find each other, because the two who are suppose to be together will always find a way to be together. Love always wins.
Babinda BouldersThe Babinda boulders is not just a beautiful swimming hole, but the area also holds great significance for local aboriginal people.
According to legend a beautiful girl named Oolana, from the Yidinji people, married a respected elder from her tribe named Waroonoo. Shortly after their union another tribe moved into the area and a handsome young man came into her life. His name was Dyga and the pair soon fell in love. Realising the adulterous crime they were committing, the young lovers escaped their tribes and fled into the valleys.
The elders captured them, but Oolana broke free from her captors and threw herself into the still waters of what is now known as Babinda Boulders, calling for Dyga to follow her. As Dyga hit the waters, her anguished cries for her lost lover turned the still waters into a ruxhing torrent and the land shook with sorrow. Huge boulders were scattered around the creek and the crying Oolana disappeared among them. Aboriginal legend says her spirit still guards the boulders and that her calls for her lost lover can still be heard. They say that her spirit calls any young men that come into the area and when she discovers that their not Dyga, she drowns them in the fast running water. The devils pools have taken 16 lives since 1959, and they were all young men!