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Goola-willeel, the Topknot Pigeon


Goola-willeel, the Topknot Pigeon

Photo: © Glenn Threlfo



Young Goola-willeel used to go out hunting every day. His mother and sisters always expected that he would bring home kangaroo and emu for them. But each day he came home without any meat at all. They asked him what he did in the bush as he evidently did not hunt.

He said that he did hunt.

'Then why,' said they, 'do you bring us nothing home?'

'I cannot catch and kill what I follow," he said. "You hear me cry out when I find kangaroo or emu: is it not so?'

'Yes; each day we hear you call when you find something, and each day we get ready the fire, expecting you to bring home what you have killed, but you bring nothing.'

'Tomorrow,' he said, 'you shall not be disappointed. I shall bring you a kangaroo.'

Every day instead of hunting, Goola-willeel had been gathering wattle gum, and with this he had been making a kangaroo—a perfect model of one, tail, ears, and all complete. So the next day he came towards the camp carrying this kangaroo made of gum. Seeing him coming, and also seeing that he was carrying the promised kangaroo, his mother and sisters said, 'Ah, Goola-willeel spoke truly. He has kept his word and now brings us a kangaroo. Pile up the fire. Tonight we shall eat meat.'

About a hundred yards away from the camp Goola-willeel put down his model, and came on without it. His mother called out, 'Where is the kangaroo you brought home?'

'Oh, over there.' And he pointed towards where he had left it.

The sisters ran to get it, but came back saying, 'Where is it? We cannot see it.'

'Over there,' he said, pointing again.

'But this is only a great figure of gum.'

'Well, did I say it was anything else? Did I not say it was gum?'

'No, you did not. You said it was a kangaroo.'

'And so it is a kangaroo. A beautiful kangaroo that I made all by myself.' And he smiled quite proudly to think what a fine kangaroo he had made.

But his mother and sisters did not smile. They seized him and gave him a good beating for deceiving them. They told him he should never go out alone again, for he only played instead of hunting, though he knew they starved for meat. They would always in future go with him.

And so forever the Goola-willeels, the topknot pigeons, went in flocks, never more singly, in search of food.

A.W. Reed, Aboriginal Fables & Legendary Tales (Aboriginal Library)

  

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