Today we visited the Argyle Diamond Mine. Watching them mine the Diamonds was fascinating and Gail had to practically DRAG me out of there!! The Diamonds echo the rich colours of Australia from Cognacs, Corals and Browns to Light Champagne and Precious Pink. The darker and more intense the colour, the more rare and expensive the diamond. The colours are completely Natural, not created by any chemical or man-made process.
I was captivated by the Tour Guide's Story of the Aboriginal Heritage of this area, and the Legends which chronicle the Dreamtime Origins of the Barramundi Gap where the Argyle Mine is located. The Miriwung and Gidja people who live in East Kimberley share a "Dreaming Story" (Ngarranggarnia) about the Barramundi Fish. The stories have been passed down orally over many generations. The Barramundi is also known as the "Australian Sea Bass, and according to the Gidja People it is not found in this area today because of the presence of the Ngarranggarni ("Dreamtime") Barramundi in this place.
I will try to repeat it here ~ with Apologies for any Misspellings or Mispronounciations!
JALIWANG NGARRANGGARNI BARRAMUNDI DREAMING STORY (Miriwung)
A Barramundi lives in the river at Tharram (Bandicoot Bar). One day a Crane was fishing for food and speared the Barramundi with her beak but was not able to catch it as the Barramundi swam quickly away.
The Barramundi traveled up the Dunham River past today's Worrworrum Community and on to the first gate of the Glen Hill Community. Going through the Gate, she scraped off some of her scales and they can still be seen today - especially in the late afternoon. They look like White Rock on the hillside.
Here the Barramundi is spotted by some women who try to catch her using nets made of rolled Spinifex Grass. This is a Traditional Miriwung Fishing Method called "Gelganyem". The Barramundi flicks her tail and leaps over their trap. She manages to escape through Barramundi Gap and heads down to Bow River where she comes to rest as a White Rock. This Rock - which can still be seen today - is Very Different from the others at Bow River.
DAIWUL NGARRANGGARNI BARRAMUNDI DREAMING STORY (Gidja)
A Barramundi is being chased by a group of old women and swims into a cave near the area now known as Barramundi Gap. As she enters the cave the women prepare to catch her with nets made from rolled Spinifex Grass (a traditional fishing method known as "Kilkayi").
The Barramundi realizes that she is trapped in the shallow, muddy water of the cave entrance and tries to escape by swimming to the other end, toward Nunbung (Wesley Springs). But she cannot find a way out and returns to the entrance of the cave where the old women are waiting with their nets. She swims toward the women and jumps over them, shedding her scales as she jumps and leaving them behind in the shallow water. The scales become the diamonds of all colours that are found there today.
The Barramundi then jumps through a gap in the rocks, landing in the Deep, Clean water of Kowinji, or Cattle Creek. As she dives, she turns into a white stone. Three of the old women who have chased the Barramundi into cattle Creek peer into the water looking for her and they too turn to stone, forever becoming part of the landscape. Today there are Three Stone Formations overlooking the creek.
The diamonds are so Beautiful and I was so captivated by the Legends that I just wanted to bring home a whole handful of the Multi-Coloured gems!!
One of the effects of this Virtual Trek is that I have done so much Reading and Research about Australia that my Computer has started sending me Ads and Offers for Trips and Sales in Australia!!
Plus, I have learned to open and utilize MULTIPLE Tabs on my Computer so that I don't have to take As Many Handwritten Notes!! Even at that I have taken more Notes in the last Two Months than I have since I got out of Nursing School!!!