Uluru...The Mala Story

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Look at the landscape as we do and know these ancestors are still here.

This is a place of great history, an important place.

In the beginning, Mala...rufous hair wallaby...people came from the north and could see this rock...


They thought it looked like a great place to stay awhile and make inma...ceremony.

The Mala men decorated and raised Ngaltawata, the ceremonial pole.

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The inma had now begun.

The Mala people began to busily prepare for their ceremonies.

The women gathered and prepared food for everyone.

They stored nyuma...seed their caves.

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The men went out hunting.

They made fires and fixed their tools and weapons.

In the middle of preparations, two Wintalka men approached from the west.

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They invited the Mala people to attend their inma.

The Mala people said no, explaining their ceremony had begun and could not be stopped.

The disappointed Wintalka men went back and told their people.

Enraged, they created an evil spirit

...a huge devil-dog called Kurpany...

to destroy the Mala inma.

As Kurpany travelled towards the Mala people he changed into many forms.

He was a mamu...a ghost.

Luunpa, the kingfisher woman was the first to spot him.

She warned the Mala people but they didn't listen.

Kurpany arrived and attacked and killed some of the men.

In great fear and confusion the remaining Mala people fled down into South Australia with Kurpany chasing them.

The story continues down south.

These ancestors are still here today

Luunpa still keeps watch but she is now a large rock.

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Kurpany's footprints are imprinted into the rock heading towards the east and south.

The men who were killed are still in their cave.

This story teaches us that it is important to finish what you start and that you should watch for and listen to warnings of danger.

...please note...

the photo of Uluru shows what it looks like from space.

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