Djanda and boḏuk (goanna and beetle) (#248-18)

Hollow log

This story belongs to the Gamalanga and Gorryindi clans who are owners of the northern side of Milingimbi and adjacent islands to the east. In this story the Boḏuk (a small beetle) and Djanda (water goanna) decided to paint each other. Boḏuk painted a beautiful spotted design on the back of Djanda but Djanda painted Boḏuk black with just two red dots. Boḏuk looked at himself was not happy and then he ran and urinated in the water, turning it from fresh water to salt water.

But the Weṯi (kangaroo) was watching and listening to their argument.Weṯi ran and harvested paper bark, and then collected some fresh water, hiding it near a tree.Weṯi saved the drinking water for everyone.

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