Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the first custodians of this land.  We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of our local area the Wonnarua people.

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Mrs Wilson's
Wonnarua word
of the week
Lizard
kirawa

Reptile https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/reptile/353708

 

DREAMTIME STORIES FROM WONNARUA NATION

The legend of the Kirawam (dirr-awa)

 

In 1980 a Northern Territory Aborigine visited the Hunter, while passing through Laguna,

pointed out a rock face which he said was the birthplace of a giant kirawam (dirr-awa). This

kirawam (dirr-awa) was said to have wandered across the land, carving out the valley as it

went. He said the kirawam (dirr-awa) would be found, petrified, in a ridge at the end of the

valley. His account coincided with a previously unrecorded Hunter legend about Yellow Rock, a

prominent landform 400m above the valley floor near Broke. Yellow rock was considered by

locals to be the head of the great kirawam (dirr-awa), with its body being the ridge behind. A

natural arch on the top of Yellow Rock is said to be the kirawam’s (dirr-awa-s) eye.

Other Wonnarua Words

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Aboriginal Emu Dance
Where's Stripey story
RAIN
pana

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Watch Big Rain (Pana) Coming by Katrina Germein
FIRE
watja

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Aboriginal art depicting fire.
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DREAMTIME STORIES FROM WONNARUA NATION

Tiddalik the Yatangkan (frog)

Long ago there was a bad drought and all the people were very thirsty. They found Tiddalik,

the yatangkan, drinking up the last of the water from the soaks and waterholes. The people

told him to share the water not to take it all himself. But the yatangkan wouldn’t listen. The

men threw spears and stones at Tiddalik, but they just bounced off. He hopped away from

the people, annoyed at them for bothering him. He hid in high part of the hills near Wollombi.

The men tracked him down and they held a ceremony, asking the spirits to punish the greedy

yatangkan. They prodded him with their spears and he flinched. He opened his mouth and

water flowed out in all directions, making streams and rivers run through the valleys below.

Tiddalik was turned to stone as a warning against greed. He’s still there today, in the hills

behind Wollombi.