The lost country of Lockyer's Gorge
The lost country of Lockyer’s Gorge drowned by the Harding dam.
Marrga rock carvings near Gregory Gorge
Marrga rock carvings near Gregory Gorge

Ceremony, kinship and Tribal Law are the heart and soul of our life – they connect us to the beginning of the world.

In our Law it is said that in the beginning the sky was very low. When the creation spirits got up from the ground, they lifted the sky and the world out of the sea. The creation spirits are called Marrga. They still live in the rocky mountains and gullies. In the early morning the mist over the water is smoke from their breakfast fires.

If Marrga are not approached and spoken to in the proper way, they might hurt visitors or make them sick. It was the Marrga and Minkala/Mangunyba (Skygod) that named and shaped the country, then all the birds and animals, and finally the Ngardangali (Aboriginal people) came from the Marrga themselves. In other places they call this the ‘dreaming’, but here we call it Ngurra Nyujunggamu – ‘when the world was soft’.