Patricia Newell-Dunkley.

According to Aboriginal belief, all life as it is today – Human, Animal, Bird and Fish is part of one unchanging network of relationships which can be traced to the Great Spirit ancestors of the Dreamtime.


The Turtle man was gathering food when he saw the lizard man’s wife named Oola and her three children digging yams.   Wayamba decided he would like a wife and family, so he took them home.

When Wayamba’s tribe saw what he had done they were very angry. They approached the Turtle man and said “You are going to be punished for this.” And the Turtle man laughed. Early next morning he saw the fury of his tribe as they showered him with spears.snippet3

Wayamba chose the two biggest shields that he had, one slung on his back and one on his front. As the spears came whizzing through the air, Wayamba drew his arms inside the shields and ducked his head down between them. Shower after shower of weapons they slung at him and they were getting closer so that his only chance to get away was to dive in the creek, and the tribe never saw him again. But in the water hole where he had dived, they saw a strange creature which had a plate fixed on its back. When they tried to catch the creature, it drew in its head and limbs. So they said, “It’s Wayamba.” And this was the beginning of Wayamba or Turtles, in the creek.snippet


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