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Diary of Father Kevin McKelson | Rsquo, Dream, Aboriginal, Stranger, Pilbara, Language, Centre, Wangka | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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a long time ago. Possum stirred from the hollow and jumped down to clear ground. Then he went north again. Time past and the stranger came again. With his head bent down one of them had a dream. In his dream he saw the stranger kill the young men and people. ‘I have had a dream,’

he told the others. ‘This time we will watch out for him to come.’ ‘The stranger has tricked the people into believing he was taking the group for business.’ ‘He tricked them and made them thirsty.’ ‘I did dream all about it,’ (said the man who had the dream). They waited for him. The stranger arrived. ‘We have to go back to the water,’ (they told him). ‘You told lies to them about the water. You left them.’ ‘We are going to eat you.’ They saw that man. They struck him with their stone axes. They cut him into bits and pieces with their stone axes. He fell down. They speared the front and back of the Possum’s neck. They cut him to bits. They cut him in the middle of his head.
That’s it!

This extract is taken from the diary of Father Kevin McKelson, published by the Wangka Maya Pilbara
Aboriginal Language Centre. For more information visit
FATSIL respects Aboriginal protocols about the deceased and has obtained permission to use Tommy
Dodd’s name and image and other images from the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.

Initiated men dancing during Kimberley Marlurlu Time at Bidyadanga Community, 1970s
Photograph provided by Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre