Mariah Creek Camp

Mariah Creek Camp

Mariah Creek Camp

©Melanie Hava 2016
61 x 61cm
Mixed Media

Mariah Creek camp was on Grandma’s father Walter Brook’s property near El Arish just past the southern end of what is recognised as Mamu traditional estate country.  Grandma was actually born near by Mariah Creek.  When she and her sisters were little, the household would often go  from Brooks Road, Mungalli down to El Arish Mariah Creek and camp in the shed by the creek.  I’m told here was a bunch of domestic gobble gobble turkeys as well as wild bush turkeys “moongarrah” that would hang around the camp.  The girl’s older half-sisters from their father’s first family side would play with them in the creek, and this is well remembered by my Grandma and my Nana Lola’s nieces from their father’s first family.  For many decades 1950s to 1990s there was some but little connection between our black and white family groups – we’re all very happy that the ties are again coming closer and closer.  Grandma says that there are crocodiles “ganyarra” in that creek “winyju” and they didn’t realise that when they were younger or she would have never gone swimming there!

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