Gnal (fresh water yabbie), Manbedde (quinine tree) & duruk (camp dog)

‘This is a story from Mankorlod. This is a djang story. This is the creation story about the fresh water yabbie. Starting with the stone, that’s the raw one and the cooked one. The stone rock suddenly turned to Gnal, in a flash. Gnal started growing and turned into a body. Its a magic one and it can change from rock to gnal to human and back to gnal. Now it’s a Ngal.’

‘There is also duruk (camp dog) called ‘Djanbokkon’. This is a duruk that comes from water and no one has seen it. On the side there is the manme (bush food) called Manbedde (quinine tree Petalostigma pubescens)’

Janet Marawarr 2021