During those years of Yennurada Walkabout i have learned and
discovered the wealth of Ourstory. To listen to the sound of the wind
and be able to smell the rain a long way away 'Warawarra' which can also
be translated to mean 'be gone'.
I have walked this country lost and crying, I have been raised by
the most incredible race of human being, the original people of this
land. Today Yaguna Darraburra i am a man crying for the joy of pure
I trusted in the wind and have witnessed the four corners of our
island continent, i have asked the Men and Women of numerous clans if
what i do can be achieved, all in their wisdom have told me that only I
will know if i don't try. I am educated in the lands of the Murray and
returned as a boy to begin my Soaking.
I have attended the Eora College 1984 in Redfern and later in
Chippendale, eventually attaining a Diploma in Western Music and Diploma
in Film and Television. I like to call the Eora College?
'Original House of Excellence in Theater and the Arts'
The Iyura used the sights and names of the land, adding into the
rich tongue the true names of environment, including the names to be
included and interpreted along the marriage lines of moiety and totemic
relationships, which are linked to every source of life. These
relationships are shared between all clans in the egalitarian society
which they had developed over thousands of years and countless
generations of starlight (Birrung gili). All original people are born
with their clan totem that are respected by the members of all clans in
Furthermore people are assigned their own personal totemic
symbolism and a totem related to the moiety of other clans, enabling all
people to be related to each other through marriage lines. All men and
women received numerous totems related to their country (Nura) and
consisting of the elements of earth, wind, fire and water.
For example, the totem of the Darug Boorooberongal male is the
Wirambi the flying fox. The totem belonging to the Darugule
Boorooberongal woman is the Wuban the possum or it may carry the name of
Burumin which is closely associated with the word for younger sister
(Durumin) during Garriberri (Corrooberee). The true and sacred name of
the Wirambi is kept within the song line of the male Yellamundie yabunda
(storyteller or singer) commonly referred to as 'Ourstorians' of the
clans. The term related to women is Yellumundi (Yallomundie or
yellowmundiee), or several other interpretations are written in texts.
Totems are too numerous to transcribe to text. For everything
that lives, breaths, feels or just stands still, are related through
Darug totems of western Sydney include the Goanna, Lizards'
Cockatoo's black and white crested. The Mighty Eagle which soars in its
mythical shadow over the entire Sydney Basin. Grasshoppers,
Butterflies, Spiders and their Web, Bees, Honey Combs and even ants were
Lesson to be heard.
Many of the living decendants of Bannang (bloodlines) will be
asked to add further to the stories of their own paticular totems as
knowledge and permission is sought from the cultrual custodians.