Adjumarllarl – Gunbalanya Story

Adjumarllarl and his sister Omwarl were two ancestral Dogs, who came to Gunbalanya via the bush-turkey dreaming region on the East Alligator River. They travelled a long way through central and western Arnhem Land, digging holes to find water as they went. Some of those places became permanent waterholes that are still there today. Omwarl and Adjumarllarl walked past Injalak Hill and finally arrived at a place called Ngindjarnh. As Omwarl climbed up the rocks, she slipped and broke her leg. In need of water and unable to walk, she sent her brother off in search of a nearby spring. When he did not return, she died and transformed into a large rock, supported by three pillars of stone that were her legs, south of the township. In search of water, Adjumarllarl continued on towards an escarpment some distance east of Oenpelli. Adjumarllarl reached the waterfall north east of Gunbalanya but by the time he finally found water, he was so tired that he lay down and became a flat stone that rests at the bottom of the fall.

Nawu duruk bokenh narangem Adjumarllarl dja ngaldaluk Omwarl benemdolkkang kore kunred karrikad kabolkngeyo Benuk Kadjang kore East Alligator River Beneyimowong kabbal benewam kore Western Arnhem Land benehbolkkarungi kukku benehboyawani kaluk nawu duruk bokenh benekombukdoweng kukku wanjh benebolkkaruy kore njilhmi wanjh kukku benebonguneng kore Kunwinjku ngarriyime ngarribolkngeybun Duruk Benengadbom [Two dogs dug this hole] Adjumarllarl dja Omwarl benengudjngehmeng benehni kore kukku benebonguneng benekomdjuhmeng wanjh benedolkkang benewam beneyonginj NgarrmunbuWanjh ngaldaluk Omwarl dolkkang bolkkaruy bokenh mandjorlok wanjh kukku benebonguneng wanjh benemarnbom bokenh manlabbarl bu bolkkime karrihbolknan kore Oenpelli Benebokenh duruk benengudjngehmeng benedolkkang birriwokdanj Arrkkuluk [Arrguluk] [White crane] ngalbu komorlo Bolkkime karrinan ngalwern ngalbu komorlo kabirrini kabirridolkan kabirrire kore manlabbarlkimuk dja karriwardenan kahwarderri Arrkkuluk Wanjh nawu duruk bokenh benebalwam benebolkyurrhkeng Oenpelli dja Club manbu kahdi benebalwam benebolkyurrhkeng Community Store manbu kangeyo Adjumarllarl Store dja benebalbolkyurrhkeng Arts Centre Omwarl dja Adjumarllarl benebalwam benewardeyurrhkeng Injalak benewam benebebmeng Njinjdjarnh wanjh bu Omwarl yimankek bidbom manbu kunwarde yirdebmeng dadbakmeng wanjh kombukdoweng kukku djareni bonguyinj dja minj rawinj dja dadbakmeng wanjh bimunkeweng narangem Adjumarllarl wam kukku boyawani kore baleh darnkih boyoy manbu kukku Kaluk nawu narangem minj kumdurndeyinj wanjh ngalbu ngaldaluk Omwarl yimerranj kunwarde Omwarl Djang bolkkime karriwardenan kunwarde Omwarl bu dadbakmeng wanjh danjbik kundad bu dadbakmeng Omwarl Wanjh Adjumarllarl balwam koyek djarreh Oenpelli bebmeng kore Mandjaworlbidji[Big Waterfall] ngudjwarreminj yerrkang keyonginj wanjh yimerranj kunwarde kore kanjdji kahbodjurrhbume manbu kukku kaddumbeh Dja kunbuyika birriyloylomeng Omwarl dolkkang bikadjuy narangem Adjumarllarl bimarnebebmeng kore Mandjoworlbidji kumekke ngalengmanwali rohrokmeng bidbuyi kaddum dja yirdebmeng wardewarrhwarrhkeng marnbom cliff dja kabomarnbom mankabo kanjdji kahborlobme Omwarl djareni bidbuyinj kaddum rawinj dja larrk wanjh benedjarrkyonginj kanjdji kunwardde beneyimerranj Djang.