GULAGA MOONLIGHT DREAMING STORIES
In Yuin country on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia,
the creation story tells that Daramah, Great Creator, creates
everything -- heavens and earth and all nature.
And then two people are created…a woman first (Ngardi),
and then a man (Tunku).
Daramah gives woman and man two gifts -- of rock, tree.
From these two gifts, everything necessary for survival comes
-- including shelter, warmth.
LHS image - Rock and Tree - the gifts that Daramah gave Ngardi
RHS - Three Rocks that sit one on top of another.
At the bottom of the three rocks is the one that tells where we come
from -- we come from the land.
The next rock that sits on top of that one -- in the middle, tells us where
we are now. We are between love and hate, between hunger and fullness,
between evil and greatness. It shows us how important it is to live each
day at a time.
The rock at the top points to the heavens. It shows us that’s where we go when our spirit leaves our body and passes into another world.
[Adapted from words of Dulumunmun, Elder of the Yuin people, south coast, New South Wales]
Gulaga Moonlight Dreaming 2 - 38” x 12” Acrylic on canvas
Gulaga Moonlight Dreaming 1 - 78” x 58” Diptych, Acrylic, inks on canvas, hemmed and eyeleted
Paintings (with Elder permission) by Caroline Josephs Ph.D. -- who has known and worked with Dulumunmun for over twenty years, taking people into country to hear his stories, sometimes weaving stories of her experiences with Indigenous people with his, or leading creative workshops arising from storytellings in country.
Gulaga Moonlight Dreaming Stories