Gullon Fruit

Gullon Fruit

Gullon Fruit

©Melanie Hava 2016
61 x 61cm
Mixed Media

Grandma says their mother Minnie/Goombun would get really wild “guli” with them if the girls Mabel, Doreen and Lorna/Lola ever threw wild fruit onto the big rocks by the “jowra” holes in the river.  The “gullon” fruit is a white fruit and were called “balls of the storm” (have to work out what the plant name is).  When “gullon” – balls of the storm were thrown onto the river rocks it would make “Yamani” living there, the Rainbow Serpent, angry “guli” and he would make big storm and big lightning “mayjal”.  The family would have to go and hide in the “dinggan” caves.  Grandma knows her “jaman”, younger sister, my Nana Lola is still scared from big lightning and thunder storms “jigurru”, she says nowadays we don’t have big storms like they did back then.  Maybe in these days of climate change we need to throw “gullon” fruit onto the big river rocks!  There’s another Mamu story about throwing small rocks “diban” in the Beatrice River too, causing stormy weather, even cyclones “gambarra”.

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