Gurndamen

 

The Gunwinku people of NW Arnhem Land, who live around the township of Gunbalanja ( Formerly Oenpelli) tell this story about Gurndamen, the frilled- neck lizard.

Back in the Dreamtime, there was a young man who crept up to snoop on some old men who were telling secret scared stories. He hid behind some bushes so he could lisen to them.

Somebody saw him and he was hauled up before the old men. To symbolise the law he had broken, they gave him one huge ear. That ear became the frill of Gurndamen, the frilled- neck lizard. Ever since then he,s hidden away in shame, living high up in the treetops during the Dry season.

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