Burrigan -Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge and Toonumbar National Park

Burrigan -Springbrook National Park, Natural Bridge and Toonumbar National Park are connected sacred sites – from the Rainbow Serpent Creation Lore 

“I want to share with you a sacred creation Lore from the Dreamtime ….we call our lore Bootheram……. This Bootheram involves a ‘complex’ of connected Djurebil, sacred sites of lore,  located high on the Mesa’s of the Wollumbin Caldera- The Springbrook National Park and  the  Lamington National Park of the McPherson Ranges in Queensland  and then on the New South Wales  side of the border, in the Border Ranges which the Ngarakbul and Githabul call Wiangaree, and on up into Focal Peak Volcano –  Toonumbar National Park in Githabul Country ”……

“The whole of the Wollumbin Caldera rim has many significant Feathered Serpent Starlore, Marriage Lore, Creation Lore and Increase and initiation ritual sites, which we call ‘Djurebil’ …….the sites associated with Warrazum , the Rainbow Serpent are our most sacred…but they don’t just stop at Wollumbin……..like the waters,  they travel through the landscape….. Our Lore, Land and Language are linked “……

“Scattered throughout the landscape, aligned to star cycles, our most sacred Bootheram’s span either side of the commonwealth created border……Half in New South Wales and the other half in Queensland…This was a very deliberate action by colonial authorities to eradicate evidence of prior occupation.  Targeting our most powerful djurebil Bootheram sites…. attempting to sever the head of the Rainbow Serpent…..and so, like the Rainbow Serpent of the Dreamtime,  our lore went ‘underground,  to survive…but now it is time to bring this beautiful truth out of the darkness and back  into the light where it belongs “….

Burrigan - spring Brook - labelled

Stan Williams - Duroom - age 34 - Woodenbong - Tindale“Stan Williams was my Grandfather and Charlotte Brown, his mother, taught him all the Ngarakbul Feathered Serpent Bootheram Lore for the preservation of the custodial knowledge of our Origine’ people, after British occupation …… The same lore has been faithfully passed down in my family since the beginning of the dreamtime …This is how my grandparents taught us to protect our lore”….

“I want to share with you a Ngarakbul Githabul Bootheram about Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park …..it is the home of the Kalibal or Gullival tribe  of the Ngarakbul moiety…a Eel djurebil increase site is there…. and this place is spiritually, geologically and ritually connected to Banyara, also known as Dome Mountain in Toonumbar National Park in Kitabal or Githabul Country –  Githabul are one of the marriage clan’s of Ngarakbul…from the  Yoocum Yoocum ”…

Dome Mountain- toonumbar national park

 

“Banyara is one of the most significant spiritual sites of the Githabul and an intrinsic facet of our Bootheram Creation Lore”… this djurebil is sacred to our people for the purpose of manipulating the rain…..and it is one of the sites associated with the Rainbow Serpent, Warrazum.

My people go to Banyara  to the djurebil and talk to the Warrzum and rain comes and floods all the creeks and valleys….fertilising the land……

“The Warrazum is a protector for my people….it will often make a noise like thunder in the mountains and if any of our people are sick this noise is heard…..The Warrazum is friendly to our people, but dangerous to strangers”….

“Grandmother Rainbow Serpent, Warrzum, and the Seven Sisters, Wiangarie , create the primordial waters long before Nguthungulli created the people…. Way back in  the alcheringa, the beginning , there was no plants or animals…the earth was still new”….

“Warrzum and Wiangaree came in to the ancient country through the waters….way back in the dreamtime the  landscape was  very different to the one we have today ……the volcanos had only just been sung from the sea, Burraga”….

“The Warrzum and the Wiangaree, , travelled into the primordial landscape– Warrzum carved the underground caverns… creating underground rivers under the volcanos….cooling the ancient landscape, all the way to the headwaters in Githabul country……and the Wiangaree used their magic digging sticks to release the springs of water throughout the prehistoric lands”…

“Githabul Country is where our coastal rivers connect with the ancient artesian basin – under our continent, Australia….and our Women’s Water Lore teaches us how through the waters all life is connected” …..

“This is a Bootheram my Grandfather Stan Williams told me of Springbrook National Park and what it means to the Ngarakbul and Githabul moiety….”….

Burrigan - jesus - labelled

“Burrigan is the name we call Springbrook Mountain ….you look at that mountain , perfectly balanced…abundant with creeks, waterfalls, and caves….It is a very  sacred place of the Sky Ancestors”…

“Burrigan is our Jesus…. one of the son’s of Nguthungulli, our Father..Burrigan is a Burram Yanbuhyn-  a teacher of the lore ”….

“In the days of the Dreaming, a very long time long after Warrazum and the Wiangaree had come to create the waters….and a very long time after Nguthungulli had first seeded the land, the land was abundant and life on earth flourished  …

“And in time Nguthungulli made the first bird tribes – the first Origine’  people”…

“Way back in the dreaming there was a war…the first war….the bird tribes went to war with the snake tribes …. and so Nguthungulli sent his son , Burrigan,  to earth to teach us his Fathers lore”…..

Burrigan - spring Brook - labelled

“Burrigan made his first camp on the bank of a creek… In the Dreamtime the coast went out miles further to the east….right out into the ocean…….so in the dreamtime, Buirrigan’s  camp was out where the sea is now,  way out from Currumbin, on the southern gold coast”…

“One day Burrigan went into the water to bathe…….A large Wardham – water serpent, some say it was the ancestor of the Eel’s ……Well that Warrazum, rose to the surface and swallowed Burrigan, and for many days he remained inside the body of  the Warrazum…..and that Warrazum began to travel underground…..through the waters….eroding the  mountains of the volcano”…

“After three days that Rainbow Serpent came to its sacred cave, which was inside a newly forming Springbrook Mountain….it entered the cave and lay down to sleep…and at once Burrigan made his escape”….

The Warrazum awoke and began to fight with Burrigan – and the cave began to collapse…water rushed down the mountain….Burrigan and Warrazum continue fight ing on through the landscape carving the Numinbah Valley …creating  the Nerang River, which is sacred to the Ngarakbul ”….

Springbrook - glow worms - natual bridge ...Burrigan - labelled“Burrigan returned to the cave in the mountain, to become the spirit of the cave – and there he lives to this very day……inside his sacred mountain here on earth ….At night Burrigan sings to the spirit of his Sky Ancestors who sent him down to earth…, and they light his cave…..just as the Stars Ancestors light the heavens every evening”….

“And every time our people look at that Springbrook Mountain we remember our Father and the lore he gave us….and we remember Burrigan and his heroic deeds from our Dreamtime Bootheram ….the natural lore of the Sky Ancestors”….

“This ancient Lore links our people to country, governs our ritual and ceremonial traditions, and through proper Skinlore Marriage given to us by our Sky Ancestors, our ancestral ties remain unbroken since the alcheringa – ‘the beginning”……

“That’s the Lore my Grandfather taught me “……

Allan Euston Williams

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