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Ronnie Wave Hill tells the story of the elder who caused the 1926 flood of Wave Hill Station homestead
Contributor (researcher):EC
Contributor (speaker):RWH
Victoria River District
Description:Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of a Vincent family ancestor who was ridiculed by white station staff for claiming to be able to make it rain, when it appeared he couldn't. He went to see a rainbow serpent (Kurraj) at 7 Mile Waterhole and asked for it to rain. Then he took off to the high country while rain poured down and inundated the homestead area, washing it away as well as people, cattle and anything on the ground. After a certain time the elder caused the rain to stop and returned to the station, which was to be rebuilt at its current location. The station manager told the elder that he wanted him to help him look at some other country further south. The elder agreed, but knew that he and his men were plotting to kill him. The party set off and the white men asked the elder to collect firewood, which he did, realising it was so much it was being planned to be be used to burn his dead body. When everybody went to bed that night, the elder sang a pelican dreaming song to put the white men into a deep sleep. Then he run away and they never saw him again. The recording end here, but after the recorder was turned off, the story-tellers related that the white men returned to the Aboriginal camp and shot dead the elder's brother as an act of vicarious revenge.
Identifier (URI):https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-0009-8126-C
Is Part Of:DoBeS archive : Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin
Language:Gurinji; Gurindji
Language (ISO639):gue
Publisher:The Language Archive, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Subject:Gurinji language
Subject (ISO639):gue
Type (DCMI):Sound


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OaiIdentifier:  oai:www.mpi.nl:lat_1839_00_0000_0000_0009_8126_C
DateStamp:  2018-04-06
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Citation: EC (researcher); DD; RWH (speaker). n.d. DoBeS archive : Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin.
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Country: Australia
Area: Pacific

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