Moongarrah Bush Turkey Trap, living off country story

Moongarrah Bush Turkey Trap,  living off country story

Moongarrah Bush Turkey Trap, living off country story

©Melanie Hava 2016
61 x 61cm
Mixed Media

For when they were hungry “ngamir” for more than just “bambu” bush turkey eggs, Grandma and her two sisters were taught how to set up a bush turkey trap using tarps.  They’d gather up “mangga-l” bush walnuts (“guway” black walnut, “nganyjara” brown walnut, “bara” yellow walnut, “dalgil” Mueller’s walnut) and set the trap.  Then they’d hide “buyba-l” in a big old tree stump and wait quietly “yuray” for the turkeys to come.  The girls might hear a different kind of bird singing out “baya-l” from up in the trees warning the turkeys, but that didn’t stop those moongarrah from coming for those walnuts.  The girls could catch “nyima-l” up to four turkeys at a time and bring them home to cook “nyaju-l” for eating “jangga-y”.

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