'Yulu's coal' and the deep implications for the digging of 'Muda' from the ground.

Jan 31, 2015, 07:43 AM

The stunning Northern Flinders Ranges Country belongs to the Adnyamathanha people. 'Adnya' means rock and 'mathana' means people - the Adnyamathana people are ‘the people of the rocks’.

Adnyamathanha songs, stories and Law are all part of the Yuramuda. This program is about the journey of one of the major Adnyamathanha Creation Ancestors, Yulu the Kingfisher Man. Yulu’s Coal, explores the travels of Yulu as he moved across Country, followed by two Arkurra , Giant Rainbow Serpents and why the coal mined at Leigh Creek Coal Mine today belongs, from an Adnyamathanha perspective, to Yulu, the Kingfisher Man.

In the first of this two part series, we will move through Country with Senior Cultural Custodians learning about important features of the landscape brought into existence by these Ancestral Beings and why there are deep implications for the digging of Yulu’s Coal or Muda (Dreaming) from the ground.

ABC Radio National 23 January 2015 Program: Earshot - Producer: Liz Thompson Sound engineer: Russell Stapleton.

Image: Copley

The two Arkurra Abina (Serpents) that followed Yulu down to Wilpena pound in the Yulu’s Coal story were called Ngarnangarrinha and Wartawinha. They became these two hills at Copley in South Australia.