230 MILLION YEAR OLD ROCKS ARE PART OF THE ADNYAMATHANHA YURA STORY OF YURLU THE KINGFISHER MAN. The ancient oral history regarding Yurlu the Kingfisher Man was passed down from the Ancestors of the Adnyamathanha Yura Peoples. It tells the story of the remains of an ancient fire which became rocks, that have been buried underground since ancient times. The Adnyamathanha Yura Peoples of today have inherited the knowledge of these rocks from their Ancestors, in the following story:
Wardu, which means a very long time ago, Yurlu the Kingfisher Man lit a large signal fire. He did this to tell the Yura Miru Peoples at Ikara (the large central plain within Wilpena Pound), that he was coming to visit from the north. The coals of this fire became the coal deposit now mined at Leigh Creek. When Yurlu's fire burnt, the Kingfisher decided to cook mai (plant foods, damper) in the coals. Fire sticks and damper were the remains of the fire which were left behind by Yurlu. The Adnyamathanha people call the fire-sticks and damper Adla Widi Mai.
The rocks pictured below in the enclosure, were mined from Adnyamathanha Yura sacred land, between 30 to 40 metres below ground, and are thought to be around 230 million years old. The Adnyamathanha Yura people of today knew of the presence of these rocks below ground, prior to them being 'discovered' and dug up. The Adnyamathanah Yura people recognise the pieces of fossilized wood as the fire-sticks used to start the signal fire, and the round rocks as the damper cooked in the fire by Yurlu.
How could the Adnyamathanha Yura people know of the presence of these rocks, unless their Ancestors were living in this country before these rocks were buried? For how long have Original Peoples lived on the Australian continent?
The ancient Adnyamathanha Yura oral history, and the photographs below, are reproduced by Ancient Australia with the permission of Virdianha Walha Udi Marvyn Frederick McKenzie, who also took the photographs. #AncientAustralia #Aboriginal #History #Ancient #Australia #Archaeology #FirstNations