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Links with the Land and
The Aboriginal Dreaming Stories demonstrate the belief in a powerful creative deity (a ‘god’ or ‘spirit’) and are attempts to answer questions which all people ask about where they come from, who they are and how they should live.
Here are some of those stories……………………..
An Aboriginal Dreaming Story
This story is about Gulaga - our mother mountain and our sacred mountain – and about her two sons, Barranguba and Najanuga.
Barranguba is Montague Island - that's what the white people call it. Barranguba is the older son of Gulaga. Just like an older brother who gets tired of living with his mother, Barranguba wants to move away from home. Barranguba asked his mother if he could move away from her side for a while and went out into the sea to watch the dancing of the fish and the whales.
His little brother, Najanuga saw his big brother going out and he said to Gulaga, 'Mum, can I go out too? I'm big. I'm grown up. Can I go out and watch the fish and the whales dancing?'
Gulaga said, 'No, son. You are too little. If I let you go out there, you would be swallowed up by Gadu, the great sea. I will put you down near my foot, so that I can watch you and you can watch your bigger brother out in the ocean.'
Gulaga put Najanuga down where he is now at the foot of his mother, Galuga, and that is where he has stayed, to watch his older brother while under the watchful eye of his mother. We call that little mountain at the edge of the water `mummy's little boy', because he is always with his mother.