Wujal Wujal Waterfalls
As told by Doreen Ball
A long time ago there were two birds, Jaka (Friarbird, Leatherhead) and Kurkumbay (Butcher bird) who were walking down to the Wujal Wujal crossing. When they reached the crossing Jaka said to Kurkumbay “yundu bunday ngayu dungay bada bubu ngajil, you wait here”.
Kurkumbay had another idea and wanted to go down to a place called Lundin (Thompson’s Creek)
Jaka said again “no, garri ngayu kaday ngayu kaday garri ngulinga minya, there’s a kadarr (kangaroo) in the ground oven, kurrma yo. You need to look after the meat cooking. Yundu bunday, just sit down and wait”.
But Kurkumbay did not want to wait and watch the food cooking and said, “no if you won’t let me come over to the other side of the crossing, I will cut that Lawyer cane!”.
Jaka said back “no you are not going to do that! You need to stay look after the minya (food). Kurkumbay started to argue “no I want to kaday (come) as well”. Jaka started jurbu (dancing) on the other side of the crossing. Kurkumbay who was still on the other side and start to walk over. Jaka again told Kurkumbay that she could not come over to her side of the crossing and to walk back to the camp and sit down.
Kurkumbay was holding the Lawyer Cane and said to Jaka, “I’m coming over now, nyayu kadayda!”. Again, Jaka said “no, you need to stay and watch that minya (food)”. Kurkumbay was getting angry and decided to cut the Lawyer cane and bana (water) came gushing out. Kurkumbay swore at Jaka “ngumunka jumbunya”. Suddenly, the kadarr (kangaroo) sprung out of the oven. The two birds started swearing at each other, and they then walked down to somewhere near Lundin. That is where the two sisters at Nyalba Bulal (Mt Peter Botte), let the bana (water) run. That is how we got water and the waterfall.
Wujal Wuajl Waterfall by Lila Creek. Etching