Kakadu Man 2

All has been quiet on the blog for the last few days because we have been holed up at Gunlom Falls and are now at Katherine on the return trip to Brisbane. Now Gunlom was a great place  but there were no telephones, internet or power for that matter. So it is quite peaceful. But more on Gunlom later.

We have stayed at the Kakadu Lodge campground in Jabiru and have used it as a base for exploring the Park. Quite a comfortable campground with a large chlorinated crocodile free billabong to swim in at the end of the day’s activities. It is still rather warm up here, temperatures are around 33-35 degrees and humid, so it is good to get walks in the morning and then  return to the Billabong to cool off after lunch. We had a large shaded camp site, plenty of room. It seems we are well ahead of all the old people in their vans travelling north as the place was only about 15% full.

Mid morning looking into Arnhem land from atop Ubirr

Mid morning looking into Arnhem land from atop Ubirr

Some art,  of particular interest the one with swollen joints in the centre of the picture. Arthiritis has ben around a while!

Some art, of particular interest the one with swollen joints in the centre of the picture. Arthiritis has been around a while!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have spent two mornings visiting firstly Ubirr and then Nourlangie Rock. On both occasions we did the free Ranger guided walks. These were a really good way to gain a better appreciation of the environment and the attachment that aboriginal people have to the land and what lives in it; and have had for thousands of years. The views over the Kakadu landscapes and the rock art were amazing.  We later went back to Ubirr to see the sunset over Arnhem Land. Something we will remember for years to come.

Paul Hogan stood on this rock at Ubirr in the Crocdile Dundee movie

Paul Hogan stood on this rock at Ubirr in the Crocdile Dundee movie

Nabulwinjbulwinj is a dangerous spirit which is not talked about. It eats women after beating them with yams. It is one of the last known examples of rock art painted in Kakadu,  being completed in 1964. In Arnhem Land there may be later works.

Nabulwinjbulwinj is a dangerous spirit which is not talked about. It eats women after beating them with yams. It is one of the last known examples of rock art painted in Kakadu, being completed in 1964. In Arnhem Land there may be later works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasmanian Tiger, rock art at Ubirr, dating back about 4-5000 years prior to the animal's extinction on the mainland.

Tasmanian Tiger, rock art at Ubirr, dating back about 4-5000 years prior to the animal’s extinction on the mainland.

 

Sunset from Ubirr, looking into Arnhem Land.

Sunset from Ubirr, looking into Arnhem Land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our last day at Jabiru, the State of Origin game was on that night, we crossed over into Arnhem land on a day tour over the East Alligator River flood plain and some more less visited art sites, as well as a visit to the Guluyambi Aboriginal community arts centre.

Allthego giving a half time pep talk to the Qld team in the State of Origin. It didn't have a big impact.

Allthego giving a half time pep talk to the Qld team in the State of Origin. It didn’t have a big impact.

 

A billabong on the flood plain in Arnhem Land . From Ubirr you would overlook this area.

A billabong on the flood plain in Arnhem Land . From Ubirr you would overlook this area.

Rock art depicting a vessel dating from mid 1600s, an early visitor from the Indonesia area looking for sea cucumbers.

Rock art depicting a vessel dating from mid 1600s, an early visitor from the Indonesia area looking for sea cucumbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kakadu NP  has been a bit of an eye opener to us and we have learned a lot more about the aboriginal people’s connection to Country. I picked up a copy of a little book ‘Gagudju Man Bill Neidjie’. It seems there was a TV show Kakadu Man in the late 80s maybe, Big Bill was Kakadu Man.   He was one of the leading traditional owners who played a key role in the formation of Kakadu NP and the co management of it. He died in 2002, 89 years old or thereabouts. His bones are at a place called Hawk Dreaming in Arnhem Land. The book is a collection of  poems. They are a ‘history’ of the aboriginal people.  There are some  inspiring pieces. Big Bill was worried the ‘story’ would be lost and he needed to have it written down. He was pessimistic about the future and whether younger aboriginals would hang onto their culture. Only time will tell I suppose.

 

Big Bill Neidjie, Gagudju  (Kakadu) Man

Big Bill Neidjie, Gagudju (Kakadu) Man

 

Gunlom Falls to come.

 

 

 

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on May 31, 2014, in Kakadu. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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