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Aboriginal spiritual significance of Cudgen – Tweed Coast – Australia

Leho - teacher of the Lore - cudgen

Cudgen on the Tweed Coast is a significant creation site for the Ngarakbul and Githabul moiety…..Lore Land and Language are linked…..

“I want to share with you an important creation event from the Ngarakbul Githabul Bootheram Lore about how Tweed Coast area of Cudgen got its name, and how our warriors know when to hunt the grey kangaroo flock,  gurumanmari”….

It is called  a “Boodharam gawari”, which means story ‘run’, or Songline, with all of the associated djurebil, sacred sites, connected across the landscape, and in the sky”….

“It was first recorded being related by Mr James Morgan in the 1960’s , but many versions have since been published  …. this same Bootheram gawari [story run] has been faithfully passed down through the Ngarakbul Githabul since the Alcheringa , the beginning….. It explains ancestral country and  links people to it through Lore Land and Language – ever  since the Dreaming ”……

“Its called , Goodgin Guruman Boojeram”

 “A handsome man Buluggahn who lived in the Dreamtime, the Alcheringa, when the world was just beginning went out hunting everyday”…

“One day when he was down at the sea ‘burgur’,when  he saw a buck grey kangaroo – Guruman, is what we call him……..So Buluggahn cast his spear, ‘bilahru’…….He hit that Guruman,’bilahru bira’ but the spear did not kill the animal…it only wounded the Guruman”….

“That ‘bilahru’ had gone  into the kangaroo’s thigh…but when the Buluggahn came close to the animal to pick it up and take it back to the camp, it struggled to its feet and hopped away”…..

“The Buluggahn followed after that wounded kangaroo…He could see he was badly wounded, losing a lot of blood  and he took pity on him ‘gidhir’…so Buluggahn, who was a powerful Wayun – cleverman- collected the earth with Guruman’s blood and painted it under his eyes and across the bridge of his nose and  began singing a magic song, ‘jingan’, to make that Guruman stop and go to sleep, ‘ngurahm”….Burrigan Goodgin Djurebil

“But the Guruman was a spirit animal, a totem, and knew what was happening…. he wasn’t going to give up easily …he fought the magical ‘jingan’ urging him to sleep….and he fled as fast as he could into the ancient Hoop Pine forests of the coastal range, desperate to escape his fate”…..

“Wherever the Guruman leapt, blood, ‘gumar’, dripped from the wound that the Buluggahn spear, ‘bilahr’, had made in his thigh ….his ’gumar’ seeping all over the coastal range”…

“All the while the Buluggahn continued tracking him,  through the pine forest, then into the rainforest, always singing his, ‘jingan’ magic song……..and every time  he got close to Guruman that Kangaroo would summon his strength and leap away”….

Cudgenbil waterhole --Braeside turn off“Soon Guruman became thirsty….He stopped to drink at a river ‘Wayal Balun’ , that means river in our language, and it also means Milkyway,  and his blood dripped into the waterhole…we call that waterhole ’Cudgenbil’,  near Uki….that’s a Rainbow Serpent djurebil there- part of the Women’s Water Lore,  its sacred there …..the Rainbow Serpent Grandmother Warazum is our moieties protector,  but not to strangers…strangers shouldn’t  go swimming there… Warzum will punish strangers…. and send buban, floodwaters” ……

“After he quenched his thirst Guruman continued on …….On and on the kangaroo went… still bleeding…with the Buluggahn singing him…..until at last, exhausted he came to a sacred mountain…. There was a cave, a ‘birman , in the mountain…”….. 

“Guruman knew his time was short ‘gubanjahy’…so using the last of his strength he crawled into the birman cave, and there, he died…………Juluhnnggi, that means died, in Ngarakbul Githabul dialect”….

“No sooner had the kangaroo died than ‘jingan’ the Buluggahn’s magic song turned Guruman’s ’gumar’ in the earth to goodgin [cudgen], the red clay paint that warriors wear”…..

Cudgenbil waterhole - buban - flood“All through the land, at every place that Guruman had leapt, his blood was turned into red clay…and you can still see it today……. all along the ridges behind Kingscliff, Duranbah , Cudgen, Condong Range and running all the way back towards Kyogle through Eungella, Uki and Mebbin, and into the Tweed Range…and when warzum sends the  ‘buban’, the floods,  his blood can be seen in the Cudgenbil waterhole”…….

“But the place where Guruman was first hit with the spear that place has that name Googgin/Cudgen which is the name that Buluggahn’s  song gave the red clay soil stained forever from Guruman’s gumar…his blood”…  cudgen topo map   “But the goodgin that is found in the sacred birman [cave] is far redder than that found anywhere else…. and this is because that Guruman died in there” …

And Juluhnnggi, means that Guruman was a strong spirit…. So the WayunBuluggahn used that  magic song and made him into a djurebil, a sacred site, and at a certain time of the year everyone can see that Guruman spirit in the stars of Balun, Wayalthe Milkyway – its then they know when to hunt the Gurumanmir, the flock,  in accordance with their proper lore” ….

“Bird Tribe warriors wear their ochre when they corroboree, ‘jangar ba’– that’s what they call their shake a leg dance…and they hold ceremony to increase the Gurumanmir before they hunt…. they paint a strip of that red ochre under their eyes, and across the bridge of their nose just as the Buluggahn did when he speared that spirit Guruman at Cudgen Heads, Kingscliff. ” …..

… This illustrates how Boodharam gawari,  Lore,  links people to Land, through Language”

“Lore Land and Language are LINKED”

“That’s the Ngarakbul Githabul creation lore of Goodgin Guruman ”….

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Seven Sisters Creation Lore – East Coast Australia – Wiangaree Boojeram Gawari

7 sisters - wollumbin caldera - labledThe Wiangarie, the Seven Sisters,  are significant creation beings for all of the Feathered Serpent Lore Traditions across Australia …..it metaphorically explains the prehistoric lore of the explosion of water and life on a previously barren  primordial earth…..

“I want to share with you important creation lore – the Yoocum Yoocum Bootheram Lore about how aquatic and terrestrial life emerged on this planet way back in the Dreamtime…..this Bootheram  metaphorically narrates the creation of life in the waters and its emergence onto land…… and the strict rules of marriage from the heavens which ensures increase, and not extinction, of all species ”…..

“It is called a “Boodharam gawari”, which means story ‘run’, or Songline, with all of the associated djurebil, sacred sites, connected across the landscape, and in the sky”…..

Men and Women share the same sky when teaching Lore, and so the same creation spirits, or Sky Ancestors, appear again and again throughout the Bootheram’s….but all appear in the sky together and the stars can be read like a story board…making all Bootheram lore uncorruptible ”….emu dragonfly milkyway

“The Wiangarie, the Seven Sisters, are Sky Ancestors who travelled through the primordial landscape of the Alcheringa with their magic digging sticks ‘ganay’ to make the first fresh water springs in the terrestrial Dreamtime before ascending back to the heavens with their Grandmother, the Rainbow Serpent – Warrazum…… Way back when the earth was just beginning …in the Alcheringa”.

 “The Wiangaree are ancient Water Lubra Spirits whose ongoing celestial dance creates our sacred Skinlore Kinship cycles…. The Wiangaree brought to the surface, and from the heavens, the gift of sacred water –  unifying ALL LIFE on this planet……every species….

It is the Women’s Water Lore which we still use today – which can be found all over the planet ……its tracked using a galactic pentagram , guarded by the two spirit dogs, Innernoogun and Burranjarnee, whose celestial bodies are hidden in plain sight around the constellation of Orion,  with their terrestrial bodies forming the landscape  of the Wollumbin Caldera Terra-henge – in the Ngarakbul ancestral estate of the most eastern Volcano of the Australian continent ….

 BandjalangClan mapBul” is their word for Tree….they are Bird Tribes, birds dwell in trees, and each tribal Clan is responsible for a Totemic Tree…..Githa-bul, Ngarak-bul, Whaili-bul, etc “

“The Seven Sisters “Boodharam gawari” begins off Evans Head, way out under the sea…that was once exposed land back in the Dreamtime…..and before invasion that whole area was  Whailibul land….. and is now known as Bandjalang Clan territory,  at Evans Head…

The Whailibul [Bandjalang] Clan are one of the marriage clans of the Ngarakbul and Githabul…. the Wiangaree Boodharam gawari travels through the waters – up the ancient Clarence River to meet with the other marriage clans……Wayal Balun is what they call the river of the Milkyway, which is mirrored onto the land as the mighty Clarence “…..

In the Mebbini [Eagle] forest below the Pinnacle, Coowarragum, of  the Wollumbin Caldera is the Coowaragum Skinlore Djurebil [sacred site]  ….. a very ancient stone Lore Ring in the forests below the Winagarie Forest… now renamed the Border Ranges”…………

Journeying through the Jurassic  forests of the Wollumbin Caldera came the Rainbow Serpent – Warrazum ……. that’s how the  Warrazumbil Wilderness got its name.….   It is the abode of the Rainbow serpent …..it travels west to align with the djurebil of the Githabul ancestral estate, of the Grandfather Spirit ”….

“Ngarakbul Lore Woman and invasion survivor Charlotte Brown, inherited the custodianship of Yar Birrain – Mount Warning and the Ngarakbul Lore from her Grandfather King Brown of Wollumbin who was the keeper of was the first Origine’ Lore of this continent at the time of invasion”…..

“In order for the Skinlore, Kinship and Starlore Bootheram’s of the Rainbow Serpent and Nguthungulli, to survive the genocide and invasion process, the lore had to go underground…but it was never lost”…….

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Euston Williams – Githabul – Skinlore marriage – Charlotte Brown – Ngarakbul

“The Origine’  people didn’t come here from another place ….they were made here, by Nguthungulli – he is the creator…and he made the first people out of the earth” …..

“Charlotte Brown was the daughter of Mary Brown, a full blooded Ngarakbul woman, who had seven children with King Brown ….four daughters and three sons ….all of them married proper tribal skinlore way, following the sacred starlore cycles, within triangles of each clans respective territorial boundaries”

“Muldoom was a fully initiated ‘marugun’- which means a Senior Lore Man, and he was from the Bandjalang Clan  [Whailubul] of Dirrawong – Evans Head … He married ‘Black Mary’ Brown, the eldest of the four ‘Brown’ daughters of the Ngarakbul clan”….

“Muldoom and Mary’s union was the last full tribal marriage to take place on Dirrawong – Goanna Headland”…..

“Ngarakbul, Githabul and Whailibul [Bandjalang] are three of the twelve clan marriage triangles of the eight skins of the Feathered Serpent traditions…and each with their own sacred ‘Bul” – Tree Totems”….

“The Wiangaree Boodharam gawari governs all of  the kinship skinlore and it comes directly from the Star Ancestors…..it is written in the sky and onto the ancestral landscapes…it is very sacred to  the Origine’ people…..the stars align at certain time every year and ignite our djurebil here on the earths surface….refreshing the Bootheram…increasing life and ensuring survival”.

“All of  the creation Bootheram is told in metaphor… Bootheram of the journeys and adventures of our Sky Ancestors are describing significant earth events…geological, hydrological, evolutionary, atmospheric, galactic events”….. 

coowarragum starcycles with pentagrams“The Wollumbin Caldera is the ceremonial and ritual forum of the Skinlore Starlore cycles…. people would come here to ritually celebrate since time immemorial at the Pinnacle Coowarragum Stone complex…..This sacred djurebil ‘record’s the galactic time cycles of our galaxy”…..

“Time and space  govern all of life and the sacred marriage lore’s, are mythologized  by the Sky Ancestors,  Leho and Leva ….the handsome Bullughan and beautiful Ggawungan….. Sky ancestor spirits”…..

 “All Starlore Bootheram Skinlore/Kinships commence on the east coast of Australia in the ancestral lands of the Bird Tribes……It starts here because the stars rise above the landscape from the east FIRST  …and travel HOME to the west …to the oldest terrestrial land on the planet…The West Kimberley – the first land to emerge from the primordial sea in the Alcheringa – 3,600million years ago”….

“The mighty Clarence River – Wayal, Balun which in Ngarakbul Githabul dialect means Milkyway, flows from the Great Artesian Basin – the ancient freshwater seas of the Rainbow Serpent creation….the Yoocum Yoocum frontier was once a vast area bound by the ancient River, and their creation Bootheram uses all the stars as the story board to tell of creation”…..

“The Wiangaree Boodharam gawari, relates how seven beautiful spirit women descend to earth at Dirrawong, Goanna Headland in the ancestral lands of the WhailibulBandjalang Clan, and journey up into the headwaters of the primordial Clarence River into Ngarakbul and Githabul ancestral estates”….

“Wiangaree Boodharam gawari  is the lore of the journey of the Rainbow Serpent and the Seven sisters –  as they dig the freshwater springs and seed the waters with life – it begins way back in the alcheringa – the beginning of the Dreamtime….the Cretaceous epoch  ”….

“After the cretaceous creation epoch, the Seven Sisters send the world to sleep,  wrapped in a blanket of ice and return to the to ‘Sky River’ to look down upon creation with the other Sky Ancestors …. Millennia passes and one day they looked down and saw life on earth awakening and blossoming…..They sort to return to earth to satisfy their curiosity”….. 

“These girls were all very clever and they possessed ritual digging sticks, ‘ganay’……. inside their sticks they had secret charms….Elemental forces which they could use to protect themselves from their enemies”…….. 

“Each day on earth the Wiangaree went hunting…. seeking water snake and gathering yam’s in the bush, and they carried their yam sticks with them”…….

Koorumbyn“A Balogun, a TALL handsome young man of the Ngarkabul, named Kurrumbil, [Currum or Gurum -Bil ]  was following a flock of Gurumanmir, Grey Kangaroo accompanied by his two hunting dogs……

“As they hunted they encountered the group of beautiful women travelling together……. Kurrumbil thought them to be initiates engaged on their ritual quests into womanhood, so he dared not approach them….if the Wuyan, cleverman, Burrigan, knew he saw the girls, there would be trouble”…..

“But that night he dreamed of the women, and day after day he and his two dogs followed them, watching from the cover of the forest…. and each day he felt his desire for the girls growing…. wanting them for his wives…….Kurrumbil knew it would be dangerous and difficult to catch one of these women…so he resolved to track them and wait for his chance”….

“All the next day he followed them….When they stopped to make camp Kurrumbil stepped out from the forest, and came  face to face with the two youngest sisters….He grasped them both around the waist and held them firmly…”I want to make you my wives”, he said …..the sisters protested loudly…..they warned Kurrumbil  that they were  his tribal sisters and therefore any association  would be punished severely under Lore”……

Koorumbyn Creek - mount warning - 1933 mapKurrumbil laughed at them…and carried them both off to his mountain camp at the base of a great pine tree….suddenly,  using the powers of their magical sticks,  the two sisters summoned the waters of the creek in the camp,   ‘Kurrumbyn’,  to rise up and  wash Kurrumbil down the mountain and out the mouth of the Ngarakbul River – the Tweed……They then left the mountain and traveled back to their sisters” ….

“Kurrumbil however would not be deterred so easily….. he was obsessed with the beautiful young girls…He decided to pursue them with even more stealth”….

“One day, having again been hunting in the mountains with his dogs, he came upon the Wiangaree when the they had stopped to bathe in the cool waters of the river – Wayal-Balun…… the women had left their magical yam sticks leaning against a tree growing beside the river while they swam”….

“As  the Wiangaree laughed and played in the water Kurrumbil crept to the base of the tree and stole the magic digging sticks and hid them along the rivers  banks ……but he kept the ‘ganay’ of the youngest sister…She was the one he desired most”….

“When the Wiangaree returned from bathing they discovered the theft and began to search along the rivers banks…..It was late afternoon before they recovered them, but there was still only six of the ‘ganay’….

“It’s time to make camp” the eldest said, so leaving the youngest to search alone, the other sisters walked away”…

“Kurrumbil, watching from the forest, saw his chance…..He waited until she came close then crept behind her and captured the young girl…She of course did not have her yam stick with her so he was able to carry her off to his own camp at the base of the  great pine tree”…..

Mt Warning - star Trails - Ryan Fowler photography
Mt Warning – star Trails – Ryan Fowler photography

“The Wiangaree sisters were furious when they found their youngest sister was missing…..They knew it was Kurrumbil again, so they began to plan to rescue their Sister and to punish him for his crime”……

“The eldest sister wanted to send a fierce storm ’warimay’ of wind and rain to tear up the tree and crash branches down on Kurrumbil to kill him” …

The other Sisters were afraid that their youngest sister might also lose her life by the falling branches” …

“One of the eldest suggested they should go away to the west where they knew the winter lived and send back long nights of frost and freezing winds to punish Kurrumbil…… ’bagaywena’- to darken the earth and freeze him” ….

“It was agreed to journey far into the west…..they found the winter and sent back frost and exceptionally severe weather to the camp where Kurrumbil and the girl were living …so cold that Kurrumbil almost died”….

“The youngest sister whom he had captured did not feel the terrible cold because her older sisters had asked their Grandmother- Warrazum to secretly send her charmed yam stick to her…she summoned the element of fire and was magically protected….. Kurrumbil shivered and suffered severely and as the snow began to fall ‘bina’…..it wasn’t long before he became ill from the cold and  darkness and was glad to release the girl back to her sisters”……wiangaree forest - 7 sisters

“The Wiangaree then decided that they should not cause any more hardship to the earth by the severe cold, so they decided to travel far into the east in search of warmth and summer….At Winter solstice they appeared in  the east, traveling with the Whale Spirits ….and brought with them the warm rays of mother sun to melt the frost and ice”….

“They did not wish to harm the Bird Tribes further, they only wished to rescue their sister from Kurrumbil and punish him for breaking the Lore” …

“The Wiangaree then left the earth altogether and travelled back into the sky, where the constellation known as the Pleiades “Waringehn’ still represents their camp on the riverbank of Wayal-Balun”……

“After the departure of the Wiangaree, Kurumbil was lonely….He looked far and wide for another wife, this time determined to comply with the marriage rules of his people…… He found a young woman who belonged to the Kooran section, a beautiful young girl whom he wished to marry…….. Unfortunately, she was already married to a man named Bullabogabun, a great warrior” …..

“Again Kurrumbil broke Lore …..He succeeded in seducing the young wife and she agreed to run away with him”…..

Currumbin
Currumbin

“Kurrumbil and the young wife travelled along the coast to make a new camp away  from her husband…..they arrived at Kurrumbin – which mean’s Kurrum’s camp …a significant place on the Gold Coast now known as Currumbin in Ngarakbul country [ Ngar-ahn-g-bal]”………..

“When Bullabogabun discovered that his wife had eloped he followed in a great fury……arriving at the camp and then chasing the lovers through the landscape”…….

“In order to escape his pursuer, Kurrumbil returned to his Pine tree camp, and climbed up to hide amongst the topmost branches…… Bullabogabun was furious, so he gathered all the wood he could find and piled it into a heap at the base of the tree…… He set fire to the sticks and burnt the huge pine tree to cinders” …

“As the flames reached high into the air, Kurrumbil was carried with them far into the sky, where he remains today near the Wiangaree as the star Aldebaran, and he now follows the Wiangaree sisters eternally, just as he did in his youth”……

“Every year the Wiangaree reappear…rising from the east in the ocean off Ngarakbul ancestral estate – always on winter solstice–  always travelling with the whale spirits ‘wardham’….. together they bring with them the skinlore and of promise of pleasant warm weather returning to those who uphold the lore….whale pleiades migration

After which they gradually disappear towards the west…… This reminds us they are preparing to send the cold and winter to warn the Tribes men not to carry off a woman of the wrong kin, but to always choose proper wives as the Skinlore says they should”….

Like the Yoocum Yoocum , the Mirning Moiety of the Nullabor in South Australia, and the Arrente of Uluru are ancient moieties who observe the same Rainbow Serpent and Seven Sisters Skinlore kinships, and the same Starlore …and the same Whale Dreaming … This illustrates how Boodharam gawari links people to country, and metaphorically relates complex scientific evolutionary processes…this wealth of living cultural knowledge survived invasion and was maintained through proper Skinlore Marriage given to us by our Sky Ancestors…because we followed the natural lore our ancestral ties remain unbroken right across Australia”

 “That’s the creation Lore of the Whailubul , Ngarakbul and Githabul women about the Wiangaree Boodjeram gawari”………

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The Sacred Spring – Birth of a Continent in Aboriginal Lore.

digging sisters - sacred springLake Carpentaria is a significant creation site for all of the Feathered Serpent Lore Traditions …..it is the prehistorical lore of how Australia became an Island.

“Lake Carpentaria was once located where the Gulf of Carpentaria is now – between northern Queensland and the Northern Territory of Australia …….I want to share with you an important creation lore – its an Ngarakbul Githabul Whailubul Bootheram Lore about how this continent Australia became an island way back in the Dreamtime…..this Bootheram  metaphorically narrates the sinking of the geological land bridge that once linked the big island of Australia to Old World India,  way back in the dreamtime”…..

It is called  a “Boodharam gawari”, which means story ‘run’, or Songline, with all of the associated djurebil, sacred sites, connected across the landscape, and in the sky”…..

 “Way back, long before modern history records, the old world kingdom of prehistoric India was under attack by ancient northern invaders…..The invaders came down from the headwaters of the Indus –  in the Tibetan Plateau…..The Bootheram describes it as  a ‘war in the centre of the earth’…….people were fleeing for their lives because of geological upheaval and genocide of tribal groups was occuring ”….

“The Bootheram sings about the people the old Bird Tribes had to fight in that prehistoric war…they say that they wore  a kind of turban thing on their heads which would  slip off and you’d see their long hair fall down backwards….Like all our creation lore , it’s  very ancient”……Invasion route - labelled

“More than 70,000 years ago, or even older, the first wave of iceage migration came travelling out of Africa…..then it was over 40,000 years before they began the journey down the land bridge  toward the ancestral estates of the Bird Tribes”……

“The old people always knew, since the Alcheringa, which is a Ngarakbul Githabul word for “in the beginning”, that this land was once one whole island from here to Asia.… The Feathered Serpent Moieties  didn’t come to this land, they were made here, by Nguthungulli. God…they have always been here”……..

“It was a very turbulent world in those ancient days , which is why the Bootheram records it …the Bird Tribes sent their cleverest ones, who were magic – to defend them….the Wuyan – and travelling with them was the cleverest of all – Buluggahn ….The Wuyan journeyed  up the old-world land bridge to fight…. and  successfully defended Australia from foreign invasion – way back then” ……

Stan Williams was an initiated Lore Keeper, his mother was Charlotte Brown from the Ngarakbul estate, of the Tweed Volcano – Charlotte was the daughter of Mary Brown, a full blooded Ngarakbul woman, who had seven children ….four daughters and three sons ….all of them married proper tribal skinlore way, following the sacred starlore cycles, within triangles of each clans respective territorial boundaries“…  

Stan Williams - Duroom - age 34 - Woodenbong - Tindale“Muldoom was a fully initiated ‘marugun’- which means a Senior Lore Man, and he was from the Whialabul Bandjalang Clan of Dirrawong – Evans Head … He married ‘Black Mary’ Brown, the eldest of the four ‘Brown’ daughters of the Ngarakbul clan”….

“Muldoom and Mary’s union was the last full tribal marriage to take place on Dirrawong – Goanna Headland”…..

“Ngarakbul, Githabul and Bandjalang are one of the twelve clan marriage triangles of the eight skins of the Feathered Serpent traditions”…..

“The following is a Bootheram Muldoom taught to protect and teach…. this same Bootheram gawari [story run] has been faithfully passed down in the moiety family lines since the beginning of the dreamtime…… It links the people together throughout time ”……

It is called ‘Boodjeram Mugul...it means Sacred Spring”…..

 “ In the beginning of the world, the Alcheringa,  there were three spirit beings…

“There was Nguthungulli, Bulugahn and Gawunggan”…..

Nguthungulli is what the Ngarakbul Githabul call God ….he is eternal and omnipotent”…..

Leho - teacher of the LoreBulugahn means a handsome male spirit being;  and Gawunggan means a beautiful female spirit being”……

“Buluggahn [pronounced Bu-loo-gun ] was the most handsome man in the whole world”…..

Gawunggan [Ga-oon-gan or Guangun] was the most beautiful woman in the whole world”…

“The are Sky Ancestors, like  Adam and Eve…..the Ngarakbul and Githabul also call them Leho and Leva or Bullogan and Koombarra……. Everyone can see them appearing together in the stars -Wayal Balun – means river of the Milkyway……..They appear at specific times of the year to mark the cycle of  each year”…..

These two sky ancestors are the principal deities of  the sacred marriage Skinlore given to the Origine’ peoples by Nguthungulli – their Father, GOD, who is also in the stars of the milkyway- ‘Balun, Wayal’”…

“Buluggahn resides in the heavens, but he is coming back some day……He is Burram Yanbuhyn – a teacher of the lore – and he is above all the tribal wuyhans, the cleverfellers …He is one of the greatest sky ancestors….During his ‘time’ on earth he and his companions travel,  creating,  and have many adventure quests which form all the ceremonial ritual and traditional lore’s and custom’s”…..

“There was a sacred spring – Boodjeram Mugul  ….It is now known as the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland and the geologists call it the Lake of Carpentaria…..It belonged to Nguthungulli– he created the land with the Rainbow Serpent, and the Seven Sisters bringing the waters….This Lake is very sacred  to the Origine’ people and no one was ever allowed to go near it – it used to be Fresh water”….

“That same fresh water still flows under this continent in a vast underground basin, connecting  into the headwaters of the mighty rivers flowing from Githabul ancestral estate….flowing all the way from the planets central continents…from the old glaciers of the Indus…and, before invasion,  the ancestral name of the Eastern Australian Rivers was the Indi ”…..

“Way back in the Alcheringa this land was one whole land from here to India…..then  there was great upheaval upon earth…..earthquakes, floods, glaciers melting, land movement…..  and there was a great war -the old world was under attack….it was being invaded from the northern tribes who had grown strong and forgotten the lore”….

“There was a Buyuhyn a man who had two wives- Budharbalahgan……. He wanted to go with the other Bird men to fight the invaders….. But he didn’t want his wives to follow him to India…so he took his war-club and beat his wives, almost to death…He did that so they wouldn’t follow him……  Then he went with the other men to ganar– war”…..

“When the men were gone, those two women started talking…We will go to the sacred spring”, they said”…..

Boodjeram Mugul - milkywayThose two women broke the lore and went to Nguthungulli’s spring, and they took their magic yam digging sticks with them……  From the spring, one went digging this way and one went digging that way…”Barwur bulahnggi – Let’s  keep digging till we meet together”, they said”….

“As they dug the water from the spring followed them….creating a big island…… Where they met, way down south, one water goes this way and the other water goes the other way…it is the roughest water in the world”…..

“When the war had finished the men tried to return home….but the bridge was gone and in its place was an ocean of water”

“Nguthungulli’s son, the Buluggahn, was with them…….  He began to sing … It was a magic song that made islands and mountains rise out of the water…Then using their burbi bugur, which is a magic string that they pull out of their mouths, the Wuyan -clever-fellers threw the magic string far across the water…making an invisible bridge so they could not be followed , they crossed over it from island to island, until they landed back in Australia”…..

“When the spirit men got back, they knew what had happened…and they blamed Buyuhyn for beating up his two wives…….so they punished him for breaking lore….he was banished to become an island off the northern coast of Carpentaria”….

“Then the men went looking for the two women, Budharbalahgan……they found them talking together way down in the ancient country of the Great Australian Bight …….and they punished them there for breaking the lore like their husband…… the Wuyan’s, turned those women into stone and banished them for eternity as well” …

“Those stones are part of Australian waters to this day…..two more famous islands off South Australia ”

 “Afterwards the Wuyan returned up the “Indi” to the most eastern coastal volcano lands of the Feathered Serpent tibes…… they never went back fighting anymore……  The Bird Tribes lost touch with the outside world…… and the clever ones watched the sky for the signs of when another wave of refugees would come……. This all happened way back in the Alcheringa”…….

grandmother whale and wollumbin

Like the Bird Tribe, the Mirning Moiety of the Nullabor in South Australia  observe the same Rainbow Serpent and Seven Sisters Skinlore kinships, and the same Starlore… This illustrates how Boodharam gawari links people to country, and metaphorically relates complex scientific evolutionary processes…this wealth of living cultural knowledge survived invasion and was maintained through proper Skinlore Marriage given to us by our Sky Ancestors…because we followed the natural lore our ancestral ties remain unbroken right across Australia”  

“That’s the creation Lore of the Boodjeram Mugul gawari”….

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

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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 the ancestral Yoocum Yoocum moiety 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”….

” Euston William’s was a Githabul man, and he married Charlotte Brown…..Charlotte is Ngarakbul from the Tweed Volcano where Yar Birrain is the centrepiece of the Ngarakbul ancestral estate…it is one of a chain of five eastern volcanoes that once formed a super volcano in the primordial past – known as Oobi Oobi – Nguthungulli’s sacred crystal mountain”…

“Euston William’s and Charlotte Brown had nineteen children …Their eldest Son was Stan Williams …… His tribal name was Duroom which means “Custodian of Knowledge and Lore…..they were all born post invasion in a war ravaged continent that afforded them no political, religious or humanitarian rights” ……

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 – He had defied the occupying authorities and was banished to the labour camps of south east Queensland where he passed away – far from his native homelands”..

“King Brown had passed on the lore to his daughter at a desperate time in Origine’ history and she held nit safe and taught her people about the Rainbow Serpent and Nguthungulli, our Father – God, who made the ancient Origine’ Lore”…….. she knew her people didn’t come here , but were made here, by Nguthungulli – the creator and that all the Bootheram deities could be seen in the river of the Milkyway ” …..

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

“The portion of the 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”……

oobi oobi 5 volcanos

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

“The gazettal of the New South Wales and Queensland Border by the occupying British 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 share with you the Bootheram which tells about the Gold Coast and Tweed Byron region of the Ngarakbul – where I was born and raised ” ….

 “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  of the geological creation of sacred ancestral land  which is now known as the Gold Coast, Tweed Valley and Focal peak Volcanos  “……

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

NaturalBridge-Springbrook-Burrigan - Natural BridgeBurrigan -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 ….It comes from the Yoocum Yoocum moiety and they call their lore ‘Bootheram’ or ‘Boojeram’….Boodjera means Love ……Creation is about Love stories” …….

“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…then,  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 the Yoocum Yoocum call ‘Djurebil’ …….the sites associated with Warrazum , the Rainbow Serpent are most sacred…but they don’t just stop at Wollumbin……..like the waters,  they travel through the landscape….. Lore, Land and Language are linked “……

“Scattered throughout the landscape, aligned to star cycles, the most sacred Bootheram’s span either side of the gazetted commonwealth 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 the most powerful djurebil Bootheram sites…. attempting to sever the head of the Rainbow Serpent…..and so, like the Rainbow Serpent of the Dreamtime,  the  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 “….

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“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 Yoocum Yoocum moiety…it is an Eel djurebil increase site…. and, more importantly,  this place is spiritually, geologically and ritually connected to Banyara, also known as Dome Mountain in Toonumbar National Park in Kitabal or Githabul Country – through the waters……….. 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 their Bootheram Creation Lore”… this djurebil is sacred to their people for the purpose of manipulating the rain…..it is one of the sites associated with the Rainbow Serpent, Warrazum.

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

“Grandmother Rainbow Serpent, Warrzum, and the Seven Sisters, Wiangarie , created 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 – bringing the fresh water of life….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 across the continent…..and the Wiangaree , the Seven Sisters, used their magic digging sticks to release the springs of fresh water throughout the prehistoric lands”…

“This lore is imparting prehistoric knowledge in an Origine’ metaphor for the Seven Sisters Super Nova which regularly explodes sending Comet’s loaded with water to  impact upon the planet – and the Starlore cycles are important to determining when such near earth events  are likely to be”…..  

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

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

“Burrigan is the Yoocum Yoocum sky ancestor akin to  Jesus…. Burrigan is one of the son’s of Nguthungulli, our Father..Burrigan is a Burram Yanbuhyn-  a teacher of the lore  – instructing how to be a good moral being and live in unity with all creation ”….

“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 the lore of how to live in unity – one earth one sky one lore ”…..

Burrigan - spring Brook - labelled

“Burrigan had two dogs…sacred sky ancestor dogs, a gift from his father to help him to hunt….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 todays 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, rose to the surface and swallowed Burrigan, and for 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 underground cavern, inside a newly forming Springbrook Mountain….it entered the cave and lay down to sleep… at once Burrigan made his escape from inside its sleeping body but he was trapped under the earth and so he sang to his dogs and the sky ancestors to come and give him strength”….

“But Warrazum heard the song and awoke…..and began to fight with Burrigan – and the cave began to collapse…water began rushing down the mountain ….Burrigan and the Warrazum continue fighting 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 the people look at that Springbrook Mountain we remember our Father and the lore of unity of all life that he gifted ….and we remember Burrigan and his heroic deeds from our Dreamtime Bootheram ….the natural lore of the Sky Ancestors”….

Springbrook - natural bridge ...Burrigan

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

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Tooloom Falls – ‘Dooloomi’

TOOLOOM_FALLSTooloom Falls are one of the most significant sacred sites of the Githabul people…the Githabul are the marriage clan of the Ngarakbul and their lore comes from the Star Ancestor’s.

“I want to share with you a creation Bootheram about Tooloom….it was published in the 1960’s by Roland Robinson when he recorded  Euston William’s singing it ……Euston was a Githabul man and the husband of Charlotte Brown from the Tweed Volcano –  they had nineteen children , leaving a legacy of over 300 Ngarakbul Githabul descendants today ” ….

“This sacred Bootheram explains the  connection and place within the cosmos – the Milky way Galaxy……It is told in metaphor ….The Milkyway is the mirror of the Clarence river – as above so below …..the river of life”…..

“Bootheram is inherited – it can never be changed and it can never be altered and it can never be claimed by someone who is not part of  the Kinship Skinlore Moiety system…it is natural lore and it has very sacred obligations and responsibilities”…. 

“The name of this Bootheram is  Dirrangun at Tooloom  it was related by Mr Euston Williams –  it was recorded in the 1950’s…as part of the civil rights movement…and this is how it goes “…..g dad euston

“Some people say that Dirrangun is a witch, that she’s mean and cunning and brings you all the mischief in the world.  Others say that she’s friendly.  But she’s a very old woman and she has long hair down to her knees”…..

“Dirrangun had two married daughters and a son-in-law.  This son-in-law was a buloogan, a well-built, handsome man.  The daughters of the Dirrangun were his two wives”….. 

“As far as I can make out from the old people, these two daughters quarrelled with their mother and the buloogan took the quarrel up and sided with his two wives. They starved the old woman; they didn’t pass her anything to have a feed”…… 

fig tree2“Dirrangun’s camp was under a big fig-tree, here at this waterfall which is the source of the Clarence River. There was a basin here, a hollow in the rock, which contained the water.  Tooloom now is the white man’s name for this waterfall.  Tooloom is the nearest they could get to saying Dooloomi”….. 

“While the son-in-law and his two wives were out hunting and gathering food, Dirrangun drained the water out of the pool with a bark coolamon.  Some people say that she put the fire out, too, so that there was no fire in the world”……

“When the buloogan and his two wives came home in the evening there was no water.  The wives were running about all over the place looking for water.  But there was no water.  Dirrangun had put leaves and bark over the empty basin hole in the rock so that the place was hidden.  For two or three days the buloogan and his wives could not get a drink”….. 

“Dirrangun was pretending to cry for them.  Some people say Dirrangun was sitting on this coolamon of water in her camp, hiding it.  These people say that when the buloogan found this out, he got angry and cried, “well, your not going to have all the water! I’ll let it out!” He thrust his spear into that coolamon, biggi  we call it, and let it out”…… 

“Others say that when Dirrangun, the buloogan and his two wives went to sleep,  the buloogan’s  two dogs,  who were thirsty found the water which Dirrangun had hidden in the coolamon.  You see those two mountains? They were called  Dillalea and Kalloo-Guthun.  They are named after those two dogs.

In the night those two dogs returned to the camp of the bulooganand stood over him.  And the water dripped from their mouths.  When the buloogan  felt this he woke up.  He followed the two dogs back to where Dirrangun was asleep with the hidden water”……

“When the buloogan  saw where the water was hidden, he was angry.  He made a big rain, a big down-pour rain.  The hollow rock basin began to fill.  The water rose and rose and backed up where this creek is now”…… 

“Some say that when the water began to rise Dirrangun climbed into the fig-tree and made a platform in the boughs.  But the water rose and swept her and the fig-tree away and left this hollow beneath these cliffs where the waterfall is now”……

“Dirrangun was holding on to the fig-tree as she was swept away.  She was swept over the second fall, which we call Ngalumbeh.  At the bottom of this fall she was whirled round and round, still holding on to the fig-tree, in a whirlpool for half a day”……

 Tooloom Falls1“The water was getting stronger and stronger.  The buloogan had cursed the water to make it unmanageable.  It took her and the fig-tree away down the Clarence River.  From time to time Dirrangun would sit in the torrent with her legs wide apart trying to block the water, but each time the flood would bear her away”……..

“Where the South River comes into this river, Dirrangun sat with her legs outspread.  The water rose and went up and made the South River.  There she sat until the flood rose and swept her and the fig-tree on again”…..tooloom water

“Below Grafton on the river there is a fig-tree growing. Many old men would see that fig-tree and say, “Oh look! Dooloomi borrgun!”. This means, “that fig-tree belongs to Tooloom!”.  Those old men would say, “Dirrangun. She’s away down there, but she belongs up there at Tooloom.”And I am told that Dirrangun is still in that fig-tree below Grafton”…..

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Yar Birrain – Mount Warning & Wollumbin

warning-frontal-RGBYar Birrain is the most significant sacred site of the Ngarakbul people…the Ngarakbul are the marriage clan of the Githabul 

“I want to share with you a creation Bootheram about Mount Warning which the Ngarakbul call Yar Birrain ….this sacred mountain was made by Nguthungulli, their name for God…  This Bootheram Lore was related by Charlotte Williams to Roland Robinson who was a poet, writer and collector of Australian Aboriginal myths….it was published in the 1950’s as part of the civil rights movement” 

“Euston William’s was the Githabul husband of Charlotte Brown…..Charlotte was from the Tweed Volcano where Yar Birrain is the centrepiece of the Ngarakbul ancestral estate……Charlotte was the daughter of Mary,  which is common name for a full blood woman,  and Mary’s djurebil is Biorgini – that’s Blue Knob – near Nimbin.”….. 

“Mary had four daughters and three sons ……Charlotte was just one of her daughters …but all were born into a war-torn Origine’ society grappling to survive in an occupied area humanitarian, political or religious protection  ” ……

” The old elders had no choice but to share the sacred knowledge to all of the survivors  , in order for it to withstand the invasion process of assimilation by the British”

for the use of the Aboriginals -Brunswick Village“This is how 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 – King Brown was initially incarcerated in the  Aboriginal Reserve at Brunswick Heads – reserve number 14606-  which was controlled by the Aboriginal Native Police many of whom has been brought up from Tumut Brungle with first invasion squatters.   

King Brown defied the occupying authorities on several occasions and as punishment was relocated to the hard labour timber camps of South East Queensland were he was worked until he died” 

“His daughter Charlotte had six Ngarakbul siblings…….three sisters and three brothers who are also inheritors of the Lore “……..

“We are the Bird Tribes ….we didn’t come here , we were made here, by Nguthungulli – he is the creator, is what Charlottes grand-daughter told me ” 

“She told me that way back in the Dreamtime the birds  had flown from Mount Brown on the Richmond Range in Githabul country to claim the prehistorical landscape from the ancient goanna beings…..the birds gave us our language, songlines, territories and pathways“…..

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View to Mount Brown – on the Richmond Range

 “Mount Brown is where all the birds got together and spoke their language….  They was talking Gullyval, Muli, Gidabal,  and this giant prehistoric bird came up and frightened them…….Parrot flew down there to Evans Head, that’s how there came to be the Bandjalang tribe……  And the wounded parrot flew back near Lismore and then out to Casino….. you can see a gully there, and they reckon the waters blood red, where he settled…….. And Turkey flew here, to Yar-Birrain wounded”……

“Turkey flew east from Mount Brown to Mount Warning and he stood right on the point and he was wounded on the head with a spear…That’s why Yar -Birran has that crooked bend in his neck……and Turkey claimed the territory for the Ngarakbul“……

story line across australiaRoland Robinson was a good friend of Charlotte and Euston,  and he was instrumental in assisting the Origine’ people with the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s….he published the Bootheram in many of his books…. 

Charlotte sang her peoples lore for Roland Robinson,  the Ngarakbul ‘portion’ of the transcontinental song line of Australia…She sang the creation lore of her inherited ancestral country and it’s central significant/sacred Mountain – Yar Birrain because of the civil rights campaign of the 1950 and 60’s  ……to prove to the occupying British that the origine people had their own religion and deserved to be legally classified as human beings …… And so , on behalf of her people she sang a most sacred lore.  It is called the Fairy Emu Dreaming and it goes like this”………

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…”….A big rock stands in the sea six miles from Byron Bay

A man named Nguthungulli made that rock. Nguthungulli is our Father. He’s the Father of the whole world. He’s the man we’ve got to be afraid of. No matter what we do wrong, or where we do it, He’ll know. And no man has seen Him…”……

“….Nguthungulli had a cave in the rock.  After he made the rock, he told the four fairy woman, ‘gilarmavell’, to stay there…”.

“….Then he went away from there and walked inland from the coast.  He traveled over the mountains with his dog Korung.  He had a walking stick, and when he put the stick into the ground He left behind a stone like a basin..”…..

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Wollumbin Caldera

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…”As he traveled He left the bean-trees, and He named the different places on His journey.  He named Woodenbong [where we are now], Nguthumbung.”

“He went over the range to the head of the Condamine.  When he knelt down at the river to drink, He left his handprints there in the stone…”…….

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the ‘breaking’ of the east coast mountain range , in the Dreamtime – arrow showing location of Condamine

“….Nguthungulli went away out into the desert, towards the sunset.  In our language we say that Nguthungulli is away out in the Borrgorr now,  that means the sea.…”…..

“…The old people knew that the sea was out there.  They knew that whichever way the butheram, the story of Nguthungalli went, it was towards the sea, Borrgorr.  You can hear the sound of the sea in that word.  They had seen then that we were on an island.”……….

“….Nguthungulli has big rocks in the Borrgorr,  the sea, where he lives today.  Out in the caves in those rocks in the sea, Nguthungulli has four daughters and one son.  And his son is called Yar Birrain…”….

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….”There were two brothers called Wao and Jarring. When Jarring died, Wao came over to the place called Korrelya in these mountains.  Wao went after those two emus which were the ‘barnyunbee‘, the spirit of Jarring.”….Mount warning - national park map with wollumbin mountain

“But the emu’s kept moving away.  Wao kept on going after those emus day after day.  When the emu’s had a rest, he would have a rest.  When the emu’s would get up and go on, Wao would go after them.”……

“He had no time to make tea or anything….He had to keep going day after day and rest at night until he got to where Nguthungulli was in the rocks in the “borrgorr‘, the sea, in the sunset .”….

emu n his chicks1Wao had been chasing those emu’s for months. He wanted them for his own barnyunbee, his property, his totem.  When the emu’s came to the sea, they lay down on the beach.  When Wao came up close to those emu’s, a fairy  fairy man called Tjoolorr came out of the sea and asked Wao, “what are you after?”……

” Wao said, I’m after them, pointing to those emu’s.”…..

Tjoolorr said, “You can’t take them.  They belong to Nguthungulli“…”…….

Tjoolorr asked Wao what he wanted to do and Wao said he wanted to stay three days,  “Borrorr yabborr“.  That means ‘two and one’ – three days.

And when Wao had stayed there three days, the fairy man ‘Yar Birrain‘ came and took Wao out to the rocks in the sea.  But Wao couldn’t see Yar Birrain…….. Yar Birrain took Wao out to the rocks in the sea where Nguthungulli is…….  Wao stayed three days inside that rock……. And the fairy women told him, “you cant see Nthung, Father.  You can hear him talking, but you can’t see him.”….Yar Birrain told Wao too,  “You can’t see Father, though you can hear him when he talks.”….emu dragonfly milkyway

Wao stayed there only three days and then left that place.  Wao couldnt open the door by himself, not Wao, he couldn’t. Yar Birrain opened the door and told him not to look back when he put his foot down on the path over the sea, but to go straight for land.”…..

“When Wao landed back on the beach, he was back with Tjoolorr.  He had come to Tjoolorr.  When Wao came to the beach where Tjoolorr was, Nguthungulli made a song about Wao…He said “I can’t give you those emu’s, but i will give you this song”…emu n his chicks3

“Then Nguthungulli sang this song to Wao:…….”…..

“Ah, Wao, why were you walking after those two fairy emu’s?”.

Wao, that was your brothers spirit, those fairy emu’s.”

“Those emu’s are Mine.  I own them again.”

“Those emu’s your brothers spirit, have come back to Me…”….

“Then Wao travelled back to this country and brought the song back with him.”…….  

“All of this Bootheram can be shown in the vault of the milkyway and is mirrored onto the land below….it can never be changed……for no-one can change the stars”.

wollumbin sunset

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Fingal, Point Danger, Mount Warning & McPherson Range – Initiation Songline

Julgumboonj from the McPherson ranges - O ReilysFingal Headland, Point Danger,   Mount Warning and the McPherson Range are a matrix of  significant Origine’ sites which together form a sacred Initiation Songline for the Bird Tribes of Eastern Australia…..

 “I want to share an important Ngarakbul Githabul creation Lore about the Sky Ancestors, Burrajahnee and Inneroogun…Two sacred dogs that guard the spirit world …. This is a “Boodharam gawari”, which means story ‘run’, or Songline, with all of the associated djurebil, sacred sites, connected across the landscape, and in the sky of the Milky Way galaxy”…..

“This is an Initiation Songline which follows annual star paths …and those two dogs can be seen in the sky at special  times each  year, so the Origine’ people know when the initiations are to begin”…. “It instructs initiates into Ancestor Lore about hunting rights, access and skinlore relationships….The Ngarakbul spirit being ‘Wollumbin’, was a feathered serpent totemic being – a spirit man – a wild turkey who lives inside the Wollumbin volcano caldera with his nephew ‘Burrigan’ since the Dreamtime.

                                                                            “A tribal Grandfather/Uncle is very significant in Skinlore riBora ceremonytes, and so is the kinship Skinlore of nephew/initiate…..This  Bootheram teaches the initiate about the crime of  Greed…so it relates a moral lore of when Wollumbin  [the ancestor] is robbed, and the  perpetrators punished”….

“Theft is a very serious crime in any global culture….For origine’ people the landscape and the sky are the story board that teaches this first lore and all subsequent ancestral lore”….

“Oral Lore never needed to be written down…It is written in the stars of the Milky Way – ‘Wayal Ballun’ –  the great sky river of life  ….The initiates learn about how it was gifted to the people by Nguthungulli –God – and despite being classified as only an oral lore , it never ever changes, because no man or corporation or government can change the stars….thus, the initiates learn to read the stars and connect it to ancestral country.”….

 “The whole of the Wollumbin Caldera has many significant Starlore, Marriage Lore, Creation Lore, Increase and Initiation ritual sites, which are called ‘Djurebil’ , they teach the creation stories and are increase sites of ritual and ceremony “…

“Every time Origine’ people look at,  or walk in,  the ancient landscape, and every time we gaze at the stars we are reminded of our ancestors and of the sacred lore obligations they gave us to uphold”….

 “Way back when Nguthungulli descended to earth and  made the first Bird Tribes, he made Wollumbin, the Headman of Ngarakbul, and Wollumbin owned two dogs…. one male and one female…… each dog has ceremonial djurebil at Mount Warning and Fingal Head…. and their bodies create many significant peaks all along the McPherson Range……. running up from ‘Coolhoon’, which is the Ngarakbul word for the Blue Fig or Quandong tree growth cycle…….Coolhoon is also what the Ngarakbul call Point Danger at Tweed Heads before British occupation”….Cooloon - 1894 map ...murrabah mounds of stones

“The river and headlands were very different before occupation….There was no [man made] state border and there used to be caves and many basalt crystal rock formations the same as at Puningbah, which is what Fingal headland is called today”……

“These giant crystals ran from Cooran at the Southport’s Nerang River, all the way along the Gold Coast down to Coolhoon [Point Danger] and then all the way down  along the stretch of  coast called  Byron Bay……. and all these formations were called Puning, which means echidna, because ….From Cooranbah to Coorumbah, Cape Byron”….

“There was a sacred basalt island in the entrance of the Tweed River as well…sacred to the Black Dog spirit…. But all those crystals were blown up to build the rivers break-walls and the railways,  and over time the Origine’ people were forced to relocate from the Aboriginal Reserve which was also in the river entrance….it’s gone now too…..reclaimed as a part of Greenbank Island”.

“The authorities were very clever – they put a gazetted border right at the djurebil site of the star initiation rites….They drew a line and made the New South Wales and Queensland Border and severed the ancestral lore most effectively”……..

“The Rainbow Serpent Traditions, Lore’s and Customs were slated for genocide and to survive became forced underground… still being ignored by the authorities today…which is a further erodes culture and the endangered species it honours”……

Fingal causeway and Turtle island
Fingal causeway and Turtle island

Burrajahnee and Inneroogun, those two spirit dog, chased a kangaroo along the big bay…… Then they chased him over the volcano to Boonah, near Beaudesert, in Queensland”…..

“Those dogs kept chasing that kangaroo and eventually came to water and then lay on the bank….. While they slept two young girls from a nearby camp came, saw the dogs, and went off to bring more people down to the river…. After spearing the two dogs, they put them on a pole and began cooking them over a fire….. fire in Ngarakbal Githabul is Weybra ”…….

“Wollumbin, the Turkey Spirit, had followed his dogs and knew they had been killed……. He flew down onto the Boonah flat where his dogs were being cooked by the greedy tribe and he was so furious that he caused a wild storm to come and punish the people…Killing the whole tribe”…

“Wollumbin then took the  corpses of his dogs off the fire, wrapped them in bark, and as he flew across the country, parts of the dogs’ bodies dropped onto the ground below and formed djurebil in the the landscape….the male dog creating the rim of the volcano which is now known as the McPherson Ranges- Springbrook & Lamington National Parks…and the female creating the smaller ranges of Terranora, Tumbulgum and Kynumboon on back towards Yar-Birrain, Mount Warning”……

Mt WarningCaldera - Yar Birrain
Wollumbin Caldera

“Githabul man, Euston Williams, was the chainman for Phinney MacPherson who surveyed the rugged McPherson Ranges of the New South Wales Queensland Border with the Roberts survey team and worked with Edwin Johnson who surveyed Coolhoon …… Lore, Land and Language are linked, so the surveyors conferred with Euston and used Ngarakbal Githabal language on the original maps….those names are still there today”…..

Coolhoon - 1913 - Aboriginal ReserveHenry Brown was one of the first white men at Coolhoon – Tweed Heads – and Brown manned the first Pilot Station at the head of the river…his British name was given to some of  the old tribal people”…

“Before the white invasion and occupation every Origine’ had a totemic skin name given by creation ancestors and  related through kinship traditions….and so each person became the living reincarnation of the ancestral spirit they were named for,  and inherited the ancestral obligations to protect and uphold lands and waters just as it was in the Dreamtime ”….. 

Western Mcpherson - view to Julgumboonj - mt Lindsey - from O Rielys

”Every evening the Sky Ancestors travel across the heavens, just as they have done since the alcheringa – the beginning……… Alcheringa is also the name of a sacred waterfall high in the Lamington National Park….a fountainhead of spiritual knowledge….  it  is where Wollumbin placed those two sacred dogs last remains  before he took their spirits back into the sky and placed them either side of the stars of the skinlore cycle ”…

 “Tribes would travel from all over the ancestral estates to attend star ceremonies at the Coowarragum Lore Ring ‘complex’ below the Pinnacle to celebrate seasonal harvest, sacred marriage, the elements,  and the Sky Ancestor spirits ………and, when the time was right, it was also a centre for initiates, male and female, to attend their ‘Nyirgi’ training for initiation through the First Rule – to learn Not to be Greedy ……. and the ‘Magihyn‘ – second level initiation lore”…….

 alcheringa

“The Bootheram of Burrajahee and Inneroogun the two dog spirit Sky Ancestors was taught to all ‘Nyirgi’  initiates…...it has many layers and lore metaphors…… and the beginning of the Songline was always told by the Headman of each area…and because it begins at Cooloon it was commenced by Joe Calhum [Cooloom] a Ngarakbul man”…..

“Old Joe was from the tribal clan on the river at Cooloon but he resided at Mulli Mulli Aboriginal Reserve near Woodenbong… the surviving people had been sent to Mulli Mulli after colonial settlement took their ancestral lands and forced relocation from the coastal labour camps …there Joe married Annie Daylight of the Wakka Wakka Bunya Mountains – who are a traditional marriage clan of the Yoocum Yoocum …. many Calhum descendants live in Woodenbong still”…..

The Bootheram of Burrajahee and Inneroogun the two dog spirit Sky Ancestors teaches the first ‘Nyirgi’ Lore – “DON’T BE GREEDY”…it goes like this”….

Joe Culhum - Cooloon
Joe Culhum – Cooloon

“Where the north-eastern border of NSW & the south-eastern border of Qld meet lies the rugged MacPherson Range, and on this range there is a plateau known to the white man as Lamington Plateau…….. Many long years ago in the Dreamtime, in a very young world, there lived an old man and his nephew on the Lamington Plateau. The Old man and his nephew had two dogs of which they were very fond……The dogs were named Burrajahnee and Inneroogun”….

“One day Burrajahnee and Inneroogun saw a kangaroo.  They chased it down the side of the plateau.  When the old man and his nephew saw the dogs chasing the kangaroo, they called out to them… “Burrajahnee and Inneroogun, come back to us!”……

“The dogs took no notice for they were excited by the chase.  Some people from a tribe that lived near the plateau also saw the dogs chasing the kangaroo…..  When they saw the kangaroo running towards the lagoon, they placed two nets in the pathway…….. The kangaroo was big and strong.  He got through the first net, he got through the second net, jumped into the lagoon and turned into a bunyip; and there he lives to this day”….

Koorumbyn - Kangaroo“Burrajahnee and Inneroogun also got through the first net, but they were caught in the second one…… The people who had tried to catch the kangaroo killed the two dogs, saying to each other “they will serve us as food as well as the Kangaroo…… We shall light a fire and cook them”….  And they did”.

“When the dogs failed to return the old man and nephew were sad, because they knew some evil had befallen them……..  They went to look for their dogs, and tracked them down the side of the plateau to the place where the fire had been lit, calling out “Burrajahnee and Inneroogun come back to us”….. Great was the anger of the old man and his nephew when they found their dogs had been killed and cooked…….  The old man sent a big cyclone to destroy the people who had killed Burrajahnee and Inneroogun”…..

“The uncle and the nephew picked up the dogs, wrapped them in bark, and carried them reverently back to the plateau…….. Whenever any part of the dogs, such as a foreleg or foot, fell off as they were being carried back to the plateau the placed was named after it and is known by the same name to this day”…..

“On the way back to the plateau they came to a waterfall……  They climbed to the top and sat down and rested placing their burdens on the ground…… One of them faced in one direction and the other facing in the opposite direction….. There the remains of the two dogs Burrajahnee and Inneroogun were turned into stone”…..

“Those two dogs are still to be seen at the top of the waterfall. One facing in one direction and the other in the opposite direction”……

“The stone dogs are sacred – No man dares to touch them….. To the tribe of people who are descendants of the old man the stone dogs will always be sacred, and the part of the plateau were they began to chase the kangaroo is called Goonbundah”…..

…This is how Bootheram Lore works – in the heavens of the milkyway and through the land , to teach us to love and care for country, and each other,  and to continue the sacred rituals to ‘increase’ the animals, plants and sacred waters….. To Love and Protect all of the gifts given to us by the Great Spirit “…….

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Nimbingj – Nimbin Rocks

Nimbingj – Nimbin Rocks – is a central significant sacred site of Lore for the Ngarakbul & Githabul moiety…

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Wiangaree – The Border Ranges National Park & The Pinnacle

rod evans - caldera pan from border ranges
View from Pinnacle Lookout – across the Wollumbin Caldera by Rod Evans

Wiangaree – The Border Ranges & the Pinnacle are central significant sacred sites of the Rainbow Serpent Skinlore Kinship’s for Australia

“I want to share with you creation Lore about the Sky Ancestors – the Wiangarre – SEVEN SISTERS and the  Grandmother Rainbow Serpent – ‘Warrazum’….  Today these sacred djurebil places are know as the Border Ranges National Park and the Pinnacle Lookout,  but to the Yoocum Yoocum they are still known as sacred places of Ceremony, Increase, Fertility and Skinlore Marriage Lore ritual…..celebrating a sacred marriage, made in heaven,  which links all the tribal territories together “……

“Before it was named the Border Ranges National Park , the same forest was known to the Origine’ peoples as Wiangarie , which means SEVEN SISTERS in Ngarakbul Githabul dialect….and the Pinnacle Hill, or ‘Coowarragum’, is one of our most sacred creation djurebil sites of these rites”…

Pinnacle 4
Coowarragum – Pinnacle Hill

“Tribes would travel from all over the ancestral estates to attend star ceremonies at the Coowarragum Lore Ring ‘complex’ to celebrate marriage, seasonal harvest, the elements and the Sky Ancestor spirits ………and, when the time was right, it was also a centre  for initiates, male and female,  to attend their ‘Nyirgi’ training for initiation through the First Rule; and ‘Magihyn‘ – second level initiation lore”……..

border ranges - wiangarie - seven sisters
The Border Ranges was originally the Wiangarie State Forest

” The Wiangaree forest became the Border Ranges National Park in 1982 .. included on the World Heritage list as part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia,  along with many other major rainforest stands in the north-east N.S.W and south-east Queensland cross border region”……..

“Though the Border Ranges has been acknowledged as being a portion of the Githabul ancestral estate, through the process of Native Title, it still has never had its ancient sacredness recognised and restored ……and only joint managements rights were given to the Githabul, not full tenure, as they had sort……the Yoocum Yoocum ancestral estates djurebil sites still remain [deliberately] severed either side of the state border”…..

Githabul determination area

“The gazettal 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- and illegal “……

eagle crow in wollumbin - caterpillar dreaming - wollumbin
Wollumbin [Wallumban] the Caterpillar Skinlore Dreaming of the Origine’ Bird Tribes

“The whole of the Wollumbin Caldera rim has many significant Feathered Serpent [Bird Tribe] Starlore, Marriage Lore, Increase and initiation ritual sites, which are called ‘Djurebil’.……Still scattered throughout the landscape, the most sacred span either side of the created border…Half in the Border Ranges National Park in New South Wales and the other half in the Lamington National Park  in Queensland…This was a very deliberate action by colonial authorities to eradicate evidence of prior occupation.  Targeting the most powerful djurebil Bootheram sites “….

“This action is very hurtful, ‘barahynwena’, to true Origine’ culture and identity and the connections to the other ancestral tribes of Australia who are also becoming dispossessed from their Rainbow Serpent Lore “…..

“As the first site of the Sky Ancestors creation in Australia, the Ngarakbal are responsible for maintaining the true culture of this continent – protecting land and waters and all its inhabitants, just origine’ people did since the dreamtime …but since occupation and appropriation by the British and contemporary authorities , genocide of ancestral lore continues” 

“In the beginning time Warazum the Rainbow Serpent and Wiangarie the Seven Sisters  created and seeded the landscape in readiness for Nguthungulli,  the Father, to bring the lore”…..The Ancestors travel across the sky every evening, just as they have done since the ‘alcheringa’, which is a Ngarakbul word for ‘the beginning ‘…warrazumbil-wiangaree

These important Sky Ancestors are visible in the night sky and are sacred to the Women….their Women’s Water-lore…. and also to the men, their totemic social lore and obligations….And  though the authorities change the names of  sacred places on maps and put unnatural borders where no borders have ever been, the lore remains unbroken….because they can never change the stars

nguthungulli-walking-across-sky“We are the bird tribes of Australia.  The Feathered Serpents,  and we come from the eye of the Emu”.

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