Wiangaree – The Border Ranges & the Pinnacle are central significant sacred sites of the Rainbow Serpent Skinlore Kinship’s for Australia
“I want to share with you creation Lore about the Sky Ancestors – the Wiangarre – SEVEN SISTERS and the Grandmother Rainbow Serpent – ‘Warrazum’.… Today these sacred “djurebil “places are know as the Border Ranges National Park and the Pinnacle Lookout, of the LOST WORLD …But to the Yoocum Yoocum they are still known as sacred places of Sacred Ceremony, Increase, Fertility and Skinlore Marriage STARLore ritual…..celebrating the sacred marriage, made in heaven, which links all the tribal territories together “……
“Before it was named the Border Ranges National Park , the same forest was known to the Origine’ peoples as Wiangarie , which means SEVEN SISTERS in Ngarakbul Githabul dialect….and the Pinnacle Hill, or ‘Coowarragum’, is one of our most sacred creation djurebil sites of these rites”…
“Tribes would travel from all over the ancestral estates to attend star ceremonies at the Coowarragum Lore Ring ‘complex’ to celebrate marriage, seasonal harvest, the elements and the Sky Ancestor spirits ………and, when the time was right, it was also a centre for initiates, male and female, to attend their ‘Nyirgi’ training for initiation through the First Rule; and ‘Magihyn‘ – second level initiation lore”……..
” The Wiangaree forest became the Border Ranges National Park in 1982 .. included on the World Heritage list as part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia, along with many other major rainforest stands in the north-east N.S.W and south-east Queensland cross border region”……..
“Though the Border Ranges has been acknowledged as being a portion of the Githabul ancestral estate, through the process of Native Title, it still has never had its ancient sacredness recognised and restored ……and only joint managements rights were given to the Githabul, not full tenure, as they had sort……the Yoocum Yoocum ancestral estates djurebil sites still remain [deliberately] severed either side of the state border”…..
“The gazettal of the New South Wales and Queensland Border by the Commonwealth severed the ancestral lore most effectively..…… The Rainbow Serpent Traditions, Lore’s and Customs were forced underground to survive. They are still being ignored by the authorities today…which is a great shame- and illegal “……
“The whole of the Wollumbin Caldera rim has many significant Feathered Serpent [Bird Tribe] Starlore, Marriage Lore, Increase and initiation ritual sites, which are called ‘Djurebil’.……Still scattered throughout the landscape, the most sacred span either side of the created border…Half in the Border Ranges National Park in New South Wales and the other half in the Lamington National Park in Queensland…This was a very deliberate action by colonial authorities to eradicate evidence of prior occupation. Targeting the most powerful djurebil Bootheram sites “….
“This action is very hurtful, ‘barahynwena’, to true Origine’ culture and identity and the connections to the other ancestral tribes of Australia who are also becoming dispossessed from their Rainbow Serpent Lore “…..
“As the first light sites of the Sky Ancestors creation in Australia, the Ngarakbal are responsible for maintaining the true culture of this continent – protecting land and waters and all its inhabitants, just origine’ people did since the dreamtime …but since occupation and appropriation by the British and contemporary authorities , genocide of ancestral lore continues”
“In the beginning time Warazum the Rainbow Serpent and Wiangarie the Seven Sisters created and seeded the landscape in readiness for Nguthungulli, the Father, to bring the lore”…..The Ancestors travel across the sky every evening, just as they have done since the ‘alcheringa’, which is a Ngarakbul word for ‘the beginning ‘…
These important Sky Ancestors are visible in the night sky and are sacred to the Women….their Women’s Water-lore…. and also to the men, their totemic social lore and obligations….And though the authorities change the names of sacred places on maps and put unnatural borders where no borders have ever been, the lore remains unbroken….because they can never change the stars “
“We are the bird tribes of Australia. The Feathered Serpents, and we come from the eye of the Emu”.
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