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Mungurru the Rock Python and Waalumbal Birri

Long before being named the Endeavour River by Captain Cook, that body of water was referred to as Waalumbal Birri. This is the story of that life-giving water, and the clan boundaries it defines. Guugu Yimidhirr people describe how Waalumbaal Birri (Endeavour River) was formed by Mungurru the scrub python. 

Produced by the ABC in partnership with the National Museum of Australia. Image: Mungurru, the Scrub Python, and the Endeavour River, 1979, Thulo Gordon, Nugal. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. View transcript