Karlerrh (Long Tom) and Yawk Yawk (Water Spirit)

Karlerrh (Freshwater Long-tom, Strongylura kreffti) is a fish which we also call kurrkabal. The Long-tom went down to the base of Injalak Hill and placed itself there as a rock. You can still see it there today, the Long-tom Dreaming site. The Old People used to take a fishing spear and go and stand on a log over the river, waiting for the Long-toms to come past. They would get washed down from Mandjaworlbidji (the “Big Waterfall” near Gunbalanya) after a big rain, and people would spear them. Or sometimes the fish would be swimming upstream from the billabong. Kalerrh is a long, slender fish and has a long mouth with lots of sharp teeth.

Karlerrh yika ngarringeybun kurrkabal. Kurrkabal dolkang kore Injalak kanjdji djangkurrmerrinj wanjh kadjangdi kurrkabaldjang. Dabbarrabbolk nawu binihbininj birrirey djalakkiradj dorrengh birrukunibarndi kore kurrulk birrimadbuni karlerrh kumrey kaddumbeh kore Mandjaworlbidji wanjh birridangbuni yika kondabeh balbidbuni balrey kore manlabbarlkimuk kaboyo.
(Text: Andrew Manakgu)