The Genesis [Legend] of Pimpama Island

Virginia McGowan

Nerang Gold Coast, Australia

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My Interpretation -Acrylic on Canvas on Board [Australian Indigenous people Legend] Inspired by the book written by Ysola Best about the Kombumerri People


Extract from Kombumerri –Saltwater People written by Ysola Best –Alex Barlow
Aboriginal Peoples [Gold Coast Lands]

In the old days long before the white men came, so the legend goes, all that part of Morton Bay, from Doogurrumburrum [honeycomb] now Rocky Point, at the mouth of the Logan River, to Kanaipa [iron bark spear] was the theatre of a immense war between all the denizens of the land, the air, and the water then inhabiting that region. In those times the country bordering on this watery tract was high and dry, not like it is now, all swamps and marshes-and mosquitoes. The real reason of this epic conflict is obscure, but it is generally supposed that the three main divisions of animal life –terrestrial, arial and aquatic-fought for, triangularly for supremacy; birds, flying foxes, sharks porpoises, goannas snakes etc., all participated in the strife.

Yowgurra, the goanna, was early in the fray, armed with a spear; but, just as he joined in the mêlée, Boogaban, the sparrow hawk, swooped down and snatched the spear [juan] out of the grasp of Yowgurra. With this in its hands, it flew over the water and drove the spear into the back of the porpoise that just at that moment exposed itself.
The porpoise, with the spear sticking out it’s back, exerted a mighty blast and blew the weapon out; but there ensured such an incessant recent of mingled blood and water from the spear would that all their neighbouring territory became inundated resulting into the present day tangle of islands, swamp and network of channels and creeks of that portion of the Bay, and from this cause originated Pimpama Island Tajingpa [the well] Yawulpah [wasp] Wahgumpa [turkey]. Coombabah [a pocket of land] etc all great areas of swampy country.
From the journal of the Royal historical society of qld.27march 1934 pp233-4

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