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Warren H Williams, the stories, the songs (2004)

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Warren H Williams introduces us to his aunt Mavis Malbunka who tells us the Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) story. Mavis Malbunka is a senior custodian and tells us that Tnorala was created when a baby in a coolamon (or turna) fell from the sky, while the whitefella version of the story is that the circular rock walls of Tnorala were created by a comet. Mavis talks about the responsibility to place, and the duty of looking after country, and the importance of passing on the stories.

Curator’s notes

A seamless telling of an ancient creation story of a baby falling from the sky in a coolamon is juxtaposed with the Western scientific story of a comet hitting the earth. The gentle pace of this film allows the audience for a moment to consider that perhaps both accounts are true, and are merely different interpretations of the same event.

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