The exhibition's focal point was on one of these song stories in the open song-dance genre, a sound recording of the Marrwakara (Goanna
) story, composed and performed by John Gwadbu (deceased), including the tiny bark on which he painted the sequence of dramatic events taking place in the song.
Nick's office and cupboards crawl with more wonderful toys, including a large, diamond-patterned goanna
climbing and licking its way up the wall.
Some scientists deduced that the giant goanna
Megalania prisca, perhaps resembling the Komodo dragon, had a maximum length of seven metres and a body mass of 600-620 kg, or even 2.2 tonnes.
2009-2013: following a University of New South Wales/Winnunga study (the GOANNA
National Aboriginal Youth Sexual Health Survey), key messages (soon to be published in a report) will assist Winnunga and other Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to address sexual health issues identified in the survey.
The other item is a carved goanna
, or monitor lizard, the pattern being burnt into the wood with hot wires, a technique we know as pokerwork.
A similar incident concerned the painting of a goanna
. One of the younger artists in Wilcannia had painted a goanna
with four claws equally spaced and straight.
The man teach the pup to hunt for food, whether birds in the swamps, smell tracks of swamp turtle in the swamp, smell sugar bag honey, also smell and track goanna
in the grass or on trees.
Shortly before I left, some of the young boys had caught a goanna
. After it was secretly cut up in the manager's laundry, they cooked it in the ashes and brought some meat for me to try--it tasted like chicken and I quite enjoyed it.
With the incentive of magic laughing eggs the chooks persuade other animals, like the goanna
, to help scratch it all away.
Two women kill a grown goanna
. Back at the outstation, Gustav Malbangka asks a child aged about four or five to bring the game over to him, and the child drags it by its tail--his and the reptile's body being about the same size.
is moving on the land holding the clans together.