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Our retell of an Australian myth with artwork by our Room 8 artists.

Our retell of an Australian myth with artwork by our Room 8 artists.



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  • Warnayarra – the Rainbow Snake Retold by Room 8
  • This is a true story. It happened in the days when we were made to work for white bosses at Lajamanu.
  • We worked in a big garden near the creek.
    • There were two water tanks and a windmill next to the garden.
  • We had to work very hard in the hot sun.
  • One day, in the wet season, the people working in the garden saw a big storm, with a big wind, coming in from the south.
  • There was something inside that storm! The old men saw it coming across the creek.
  • It was wild! It was big!
  • And there was ice, thunder and lightning.
  • The ground was shaking and trees were breaking on every side.
  • Inside the storm was Warnayarra… the rainbow snake!
  • It smashed one tank.
  • It smashed the windmill and cut its tail on the blades spinning around .
  • It broke all the trees and smashed some humpies.
  • The creek filled up and pretty soon flooded the garden.
  • The people were frightened and hid in their humpies.
  • For three days and three nights all the people were hiding from the Rainbow Snake.
  • Then it took off – north, to Arnhem land and went into the sea.
  • It stayed there for a long time.
  • Then it came back again and smashed a house.
  • Ice was falling and birds were dying. The trees were shaking and iron was flying around. The people hid again.
  • After two days the Rainbow Snake went west and into Nongra Lake. It is still there, lying under the dry lakebed – sleeping. No one ever fixed the water tank or windmill and they are there today – all smashed up.
  • We still tell the story of Warnayarra because … one day, when the rain falls again, that Rainbow Snake will come out and go travelling round to other places.
  • It might try to kill people, but the old people know how to stop it.
  • The End