On a walkabout yesterday,
this is a “Perentie” Lizard over 1.5 metres long.
He represents “Ngintaku Dreaming”
to our indigenous culture
Protecting the “Song lines”
from here to the South of Australia.
So the legends say …
Look at his markings!
Reminds me of the dot paintings,
of our dear Aboriginal artists.
Love this land Australia,
surprises me in every way prehistoric, ancient and mythical lands,
It seems never to have altered up to our current day.
The “Perentie” is one of the fourth largest Lizards in the world
I’d just knew I’d see a (mini) Dinosaur,
somewhere out here…
Victoria Healing ~ 12.9.2015
According to the mythology, Mount Woodroffe, the highest mountain in South Australia, is also the Ngiṉṯaka Man as he rears up to look over the country. He is returning to his home in the west. The significance of these cultural routes is central to Pitjantjatjara spiritual connection to land. Each individual is custodian of the land they are born in and the Creation Ancestor who walked and sung that land into being in the beginning. If the land and songline is destroyed people are severed from the core of their being, they get sick and die.
The Ngiṉṯaka is one of several Creation Ancestor Beings of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Western Desert Speaking Original people of Central Australia. It is associated with Angatja, an area along an important Tjukurpa or Dreaming Songline.
Ngiṉṯaka Songline is the major creation story in the Angatja area. Pitjantjatjara land is criss-crossed by the tracks of many Creation Ancestor Beings; the lizard, carpet python, snake, dingo, emu, tjala (honey ant) and maku (witchetty grub), among many others.