Yanyuwa Rock Art, old lady a-Karrakayn PDF Print E-mail

Yanyuwa Rock Art
Old Lady a-karrakayn
The Yanyuwa li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers and the Yanyuwa elders are working with John Bradley and Ian McNiven from Monash University, Amanda Kearney from the University of New South Wales and Liam Brady from the University of Western Australia on recording all of the rock art on the island country. These islands are called the Sir Edward Pellew Islands on maps. This story about the islands was told by a senior elder while she was looking at photos of the rock art.

Nya-mangaji waliyangu nguthundakarilu kalngi nyanganunga liyi-Yanyuwawu. Wabarrangu li-wankala kalu-wingkayaninya yurrngumantha ki-waliyangulu, kalu-wajanganthaninya nungku-wulkangka baki rrungku-muwardala, kalu-wingkayaninya liwaliyangulu nyungkarrku ki-waliyangulu. Yamalhu barra kinya-ngala na-ajinja liyi-wankalawu kala-ninya baji lhabayila. Yuyu barra kalu-balirranthaninya arndaarnda nungku-ajinjala adumu, arlku, walya, nalu-maliji barra yumbuyumbulmantha kalubarlirranthaninya. Marda baji barra nalu-buyurru liyi-wankalawu nungku-lhanungka baki ki-larlangka nganjirra barra. Minja baji barra nungku-ajinjala rawan, kurruyurru, wurluwurlu, rra-walma, rabarr ngalalu li-wankala kalu-wubanthaninya kulu kalinyamba-wurdurrumanthaninya lhabayi kangka. Nganiyaji barra nganu li-Yanyuwa janu-wingkayi nguthundakarilu waliyangu walyangku, bumanthawu linji-ardungka kulu akarimanthawu bawuji. The islands to the north are really for us Yanyuwa people. In the old days our old people were always travelling through that country in bark canoes and dugout canoes. They would travel from island to island all the time. When it was the wet season the old people would go and camp in the caves and today you can see paintings in the caves. The painted pictures of stingrays, sharks, fish, dugong, sea turtle and they left their handprints there too. They painted many kinds of things in the caves. In some caves they put the bones of the relatives. Some of these bones are wrapped in paper bark and others are in hollow log coffins, these are really sacred things. There are also in the caves a lot charcoal, shells, grindstones and cooking stones.
The old people cooked their food in the caves because it was wet season and they ate their food their too. So today we Yanyuwa people are still travelling to the islands, we go to hunt dugong and seas turtle, we take
the children for holidays and we go fishing across the islands.
 
Yanyuwa Rock Art
Jelly fish and kangaroo tracks in the rock shelter at Mawarndarlbarndarl
 
Yanyuwa Rock Art
Hammerhead shark (warriyangalayawu) from inside the shelter, the front of the head has worn away