Gunai/Kurnai – Brataualung: The Southern Cross and Nerran the Moon
Nerran was a mighty warrior and fearless hunter.
Koote wurrin, after travelling a long way he couldn’t find any napan at all.
At last he tackan Ngurran on the other side of the yarram but the water was very deep and he couldn’t get across.
He searched for a way to get across the yarram when he noticed a parrawatti kallack further down the stream. But Brewin, a mischievous spirit, was hiding nearby.
He liked to move about like a whirlwind and play tricks on people.
As Nerran reached the middle of yarram, Brewin turned the parrawatti kallack over and Nerran fell off into the deep water and he drowned.
Nerran’s spirit went into the sky where he is now, Nerran the moon.
Ngurran also went to the sky and he is now the Southern Cross.
Nerran still hunts through the sky trying to catch Ngurran.
Translated by Lynnette Solomon-Dent
Gunai/Kurnai word list
Brewin mischievous spirit
tackan see, look
wurrin day, sun
Sounds of Gunai/Kurnai
a as in but
oo as in foot
e as in get
rr rolled r sound
ng as in sing
i as in lick
u as in out