Bill Harney (on the stars)

“This painting is called Wume; Wume is the sky. Mirlljun is the star. There are the stars in the middle and wolon Is the grass you can see around the edges.

Some stars were once humans. In the country; two lots of family living together. Many animals were walking around; people were walking around like that too. Lightning people; the whole lot.

Later when everything was changed in the country, they all became stars and that’s what all the stars are, even the moon. He was called Jabalyl when he was walking around. Later when he became the moon, he was called Gamdawa. That’s the little half moon there . . .

There’s a group of children there and also a women’s business dance there, this type of place is called Bardardi. People all sat around in two parties; women and men teaching the law.

Nadirr is the old boss man he’s laying down in the Milky Way – he’s there but you can’t see him now. But all those people were walking around on the ground.

This Mardborronggo was split by lightning and then everyone and all the animals became stars and left the landscape.

Nardi is still there today in the Southern Cross. He’s a Sky Boss, the boss for all the stars, the Star People Milijurn. He’s the boss for the Emu in the stars, the Crocodile and all that. He’s the boss for everybody, for all of us anyway. White man calls it God; well, he’s probably the same one. ”

(Bill Harney )

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