Karramalk (Stone Axe)

In the old days, people would look in caves for suitable rocks to make karramalk (stone axes) from. They would tie two strong sticks to either side of a flat, sharp rock. People would take karramalk when they went looking for mankung (bush honey), to chop the tree to get honey out. Nowadays people use kurlbburru (steel axes) instead. Karramalk were also used for huntng. Karramalk can also be called “barndadken” [which literally means “belonging to the upper leg”, as axes were worn in a belt].

Nawu karramalk nawu korroko dabborrabbolk birrirey kore kuwarderurrk, kumekke birriyawani birrinani kayo nawu karramalk. Wanjh kundulk bokenh birrimangi birridukkani karramalk birrimarnbuni. Karramalk birrikani mankung birriyawani wanjh karramalk birridulkderdmi bu mankung birrirey birriyawani. Dja bolkkime Kurdburru nawu balanda marnbom wirlmurr namekke bu bolkkime karrikan bu mankung karriyawan karridulkderdme. Dja korroko karramalk birrikani bu birriwarlbuni. Nawu Barndadken nakka wanjh karohrok nawu karramalk ngarringeybun dja barndadken ngarringeybun.