THE ABORIGINAL LEGEND OF THE GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS

This week in Australia we had "sorry day’…. a chance to start again and make peace for our indigenous population…………so in tribute to that………we need to know mo9re about the history of this land and its peoples………here is the story of The beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, which, were first seen by white civilisation by Captain James Cook during his epic voyages of discovery, but before that, the indigenous people who lived here in harmony with nature for so many years had their own mountains, a place of deep signifigance……..here is that story………
It is said that Tibrogargan, the father, and Beerwah, the mother, had many children. Coonowrin the eldest, Beerburrum, the Runbubudia twins, the Coochin twins, Ngungun, Tibbernosuccum, Miketebumurgrai, and Saddleback. There was round, who was fat and small and Wildhorse who was always paddling in the sea.
One day, Tibrogargan was gazing out to sea and noticed a great rising of the waters.
Hurrying off to gather his younger children, in order to flee to the safety of the mountains in the west, he called out to Coonowrin to help his mother Beerwah, who was again with child.
Looking back to see how Coonowrin was assisting Beerwah, Tibrogargan was greatly angered to see him running off alone. He persued Coonowrin and, raising his club, struck the latter such a mighty blow that it dislodged Coonowrin’s neck, and he has never been able to straighten it since.
Whe the floods had subsided and the family returned to the plains, the other children teased Coonowrin about his crooked neck. Feeling ashamed Coonowrin went over tto Tibrogargan and asked for his forgiveness, but filled with shame at his son’s cowardice, Tibrogaran could do nothing but weep copious tears, which, trickling along the ground, formed a stream that flowed to the sea. Then Coonowrin went to his brothers and sisters, but they also wept at the shame of their brother’s cowardice. The lamentations of Coonowrin’s parents and of his brothers and sisters at his disgrace explain the prescence of the numerous small streams of the area.
Tibrogargan then called to Coonowrin, asking him why he had deserted his mother. Coonowrin replied that as Beerwah was called the biggest of them all, she should be able to take care of herself. He did not know that she was again pregnant, which was the reason for her great size. Then Tibrogargan turned his back on his son and vowed that he would never look at him again.
Even today, Tibrogargan gazes far out to sea and never looks around at Coonowrin, who hangs his head and cries, his tears running off into the sea. His mother, Beerwah is still heavy with child, as it takes a long, long time to give birth to a mountain.

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