Aboriginal Creation Lore of the Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Basalt Headlands

All creation Bootheram is told in metaphor… Bootheram of the journeys and adventures of the Sky Ancestors describing significant geological events…

“I want to share with a Bootheram about the creation of the Gold Coast & Northern Rivers Headlands…..its a Bootheram about honey and the echidna”…

“In Ngarakbul Githabul we call the Echidna, Booninj, the Porcupine….

“When Nguthungulli first sent his son Yar-Birrain to earth, the earth was very new….Yar-Birrain arrived  into the paradise that Nguthungulli had created in the east ”..

Yar - Birrain satelite“Yar Birrain is our name for Mount Warning.  Once a huge shield volcano covering eruptions smothered the surrounding landscape with layers of basalt lava flows about 25million years ago……… By the time the eruptions had ceased, Yar-Birrain had risen from the seafloor to a height of 2km and a diameter of about 100km, forming a vast dome stretching south to Lismore, west to Mount Lindsay and north to Tamborine Mountain…. Tamborine is the closest the colonial settlers could get to saying Yar-Birrain”….

“My Great Grandfather, Euston William’s was a Githabul man, and he married Charlotte Brown…..Charlotte is my Ngarakbul Great Grandmother  from the Tweed Volcano where Yar Birrain is the centrepiece of the Ngarakbul ancestral estate

“Euston and Charlotte had nineteen children …Their eldest Son was Stan Williams and Stan is my Grandfather…… His tribal name was Duroom which means “Custodian of Knowledge and Lore” ……

king brown logo 2“Charlotte Brown inherited the custodianship of Yar Birrain Lore from her Grandfather King Brown of Wollumbin who was the keeper of the first Origine’ Lore of this continent – the Skinlore, Kinship and Starlore Bootheram’s of the Rainbow Serpent and Nguthungulli, our Father – God, who gave us the ancient Origine’ Lore”…….. our people didn’t come here , we were made here, by Nguthungulli – he is our creator” …..

“Stan was my Grandfather and Charlotte, his mother, taught him this important Ngarakbul Bootheram Lore for the preservation of the custodial knowledge of our Origine’ people……… 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 Bootheram Lore

“All of our creation Bootheram is told in metaphor… Bootheram of the journeys and adventures of our Sky Ancestors are describing significant geological events, often using our native species as descriptive’s” …..

“The full Bootheram Lore telling of Yar-Birrain’s eruptions occur across the three volcanoes of Tweed Volcano, Focal Peak Volcano, and the Maleny Volcanothe Glasshouse Mountains, on the Sunshine Coast.. those three volcanoes began at the same time”……

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“Main Range Volcano and the Bunya Volcano are older, from the time of Barambah, the Grandfathers….All five volcanoes Bootheram’s are sung together – All linked by the Rainbow Serpent Creation Lore”….

“The creation of the New South Wales and Queensland Border by the Commonwealth severed the ancestral lore most effectively…….. The Rainbow Serpent Traditions, Lore’s and Customs were forced underground to survive.  They are still being ignored by the authorities today…which is a great shame”……

“I’m just going to teach you the Bootheram which tells about the Gold Coast and Tweed Byron region of the Ngarakbul – My Great Grandmothers Country” ….

 “The old people say that when Yar-Birrain arrived in his Father’s paradise, he was drawn irresistibly to the sparkling surf…. He dropped his weapon’s on the beach and plunged into the primordial waters, swimming out to the horizon and back……that’s a metaphor explaining that the original Shield Volcano used to extend far out into the sea”…

“When Yar-Birrain arrived back on the beach he picked up his huge war club or Waddy….. the ground still clung to it…….suddenly the lava rose from the sea… rising up, following the waddy like iron follows a magnet”…..mt Tamborine2

“This is how the earliest rocky outcrops and islands of the Queensland Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Coast lines were created….the Waddy of Yar-Birrain”……

“After this period of creation work, Yar- Birrain became very hungry……So he rose up and began to  journey west, travelling deep into the prehistoric  forest to find food”…

“He came to a gigantic tree, Djalgumboonj – Mount Lindsay…that mountain was once a tree made by Nguthungulli way back in the Dreamtime”…..oreillys-view-to-Mt lindsey

“Yar-Birrain cut a vine to use as a rope to climb that tree…and as he climbed he cut footholds with his axe…up and up he climbed to cut a ‘sugar bag’ or bees nest from high in the trunk”….

“Sugar Bag Honey is made by the djagabar the little black native bee… In the dreamtime the Githabul Bird Tribes would make camp near the base of Mount Barney, which we call Budhurguhmu…………. Budhurguhmu is next to Djalgumboonj,  on the Queensland side of the McPherson Range,   The Githabul would go to collect that same honey at Budhurguhmu…and there is a djurebil [sacred site] for the increase of Booninj– echidna, there also” ….

 “After descending the sacred tree, Yar-Birrain gorged himself with honey, gudhe, and then he turned back to the beach and sat at the water’s edge to wash off the sticky nectar”…

“As he washed his hands bits of honeycomb floated away, first creating the little headland of Burleigh, called Djellurgal (bee’s nest)….but  some of that honeycomb floated out to sea and formed islands,  which are now undersea mountains..But way back in the Dreamtime they were islands, like Cook Island off Booninjba, Fingal…others can still be seen allong the coast , like Boggangaree Headland at Cudgen, and  Ballina and Lennox”….windarra banks

“Yar-Birrain was still hungry, so he stood and stretched up to his full height…. pushing his arms toward the sky he sang a prayer of thanks and praise to Nguthungulli, his father, for creating such a land of paradise, and he asked him to make it even more abundant….. to send more good food to eat”….

“Such was Nguthungulli, God’s, power, that the level ground again rose up, stopping when it reached the height of Yar-Birrain’s fingertips…..the headlands had appeared and they were echidna Booninj..burrowing into the sand”…..Big Burleigh -

“All along the coastline the Booninj arose…. Booninjba [Fingal Headland], Cooloon Booninj– [Point Danger]…and Pooningba [Big Burleigh], Bogangaree, Byron, Lennox…from Honey Comb and Echidna, all came into creation”…..

That’s the Lore my Grandfather and Great Grandmother Charlotte taught me…it is our most sacred Bootheram – it is the lore of the creation of our sacred land  “……

Allan Euston Williams 

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