Kee woorroong: Kuurokeheaar, the Story of the Seven Sisters
Kuurokeheaar, the Story of the Seven Sisters
Story re-told and translated by Vicki Couzens
Photo: Luis Argerich
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Maleeyeetoo, marrang ba pooleeyt maramarambul, keertnapee wananda – deengalanaba. Pangat-tja wooka-koo deenpee wooka-koo nhoongalanaba kayap maar, pangat-tja tura-turama-koo.
Waa ngakee maramarambul. Yarndaputiya-nyoong kiyan tupu leeyn-yoong Ngeeanggarr-a. Pangat Ngeeanggarr-a Waa. Pangat wooka ngeerangoon. Waa warrakeeleek.
Kayap nganoong, maramarambul mooteeytook weetka-n yana-n-da ngakee-da thaka-da kiyan-toopoo-da mooteetyook. Waa ngakee-noo deengalanaba. Mooteetyook-mayapa ba koowiyoon kanee mataypaleep-ee ba koopa wanyoo ngeerangoon.
Ngeerrangoon yamkoot-anda parreen-a-tjeen. Ngeerrangoon-a parreen walar-oo, Waa keernda-tjeen parreen. Ngeeanggar- parrin walar-oo yamkutnyoong Waa.
Weentagatha-nyoong ween-oo-kana Waa-muyupa ba walatoo ngeeanggarr moornong-kanoo.
Wart-kat Marrang ba kayap ngeerrangoon warta ngeeanggarr ba waa moornong-kanoo ngakee-da kakayee. Ngeeanggarr Sirius-mayapa ba Waamayapa Canopus. Wart-kat marrang ba kayap ngeerrangoon Kuurokeheaar-mayapa, the Pleiades.
Long ago there were seven young women who were sisters. They were always together. They only wanted to marry one man so they would not be separated.
Waa, the Crow, saw the young women. He fell in love with one whose name was Ngeeanggar, the Eagle. Ngeeanggar was not interested in Waa because he would not marry her sisters as well. Waa was angry.
One day the seven sisters went looking for grubs which they loved to eat. Waa saw them. He changed himself into a grub, and bored a hole in a tree and waited for the sisters.
Before long they found him. Each of the sisters tried to catch him with their wooden hooks. As each sister put their wooden hooks into the hole, Waa the grub, broke the ends. When Ngeeanggar put her hook in Waa let her catch him.
When he was pulled out he turned back into Waa the Crow and carried Ngeeanggar off to the sky.
The six sisters left behind followed Ngeeanggar and Waa into the skies searching for their sister.
Ngeeanggar became the star Sirius and Waa became the star Canopus.
The sisters became Kuurrokeheaar, the Pleiades.
Re-told and translated by Vicki Couzens
Sounds of Keerray woorroong
a as in father
e as in bed
o as in pot
u as in put
oo as in foot
ee as in feet
b/p as in big or pig
d as in deer
g/k as in goat or kick
l as in like
m as in milk
n as in nine
ng as in sing
r as in red
rr as in road
t as in try
ty as in chin yt at end of words