Here is a beautiful, traditional song called Urumbula Song. It was passed orally via the members of the tribe. It survived thousands of years. Will it also survive the process of civilising the Aborigines?

 

URUMBULA SONG

The Urumbula Song *

The narrowing sea embraces it forever, -
Its welling waves embrace it forever.


The sea, ever narrowing, forever embraces it, -
The great beam of The Milky Way.


Its embracing arms forever tremble about it, -
The great beam of The Milky Way.


Set in the bosom of the sea it stands,
Reverberating loudly without a pause.


Set in the bosom of the sea it stands,
Sea-flecked with drifts of foam.


The tnatantja pole, flecked with drifts of foam, -
The tnatantja pole casts off its foamy covering.


The tnatantja pole strips itself bare like a plain, -
The tnatantja pole untwists and frees itself from its covering.


The tnatantja pole rises into the air, -
The great beam of The Milky Way.


The kauaua pole rises into the air, -
The great beam of The Milky Way.


The great mulga beam rises into the air, -
The great beam of The Milky Way.


It showers sparks like burning mulga grass, -
The great beam of The Milky Way.


The great beam of The Milky Way
Gleams and shines forever.


The great beam of The Milky Way
Casts a flickering glow over the sky forever.


The great beam of The Milky Way
Burns bright crimson forever.


The great beam of The Milky Way
Trembles with deep desire forever.


The great beam of The Milky Way
Quivers with deep passion forever.


The great beam of The Milky Way,
Trembles with unquenchable desire.
The great beam of The Milky Way
Draws all men to itself by their forelocks.


The great beam of The Milky Way
Unceasingly draws all men, wherever they may be.

 

* Translated from the Aranda by T. G. H. Strehlow

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