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Listed under:  Science  >  Earth and space  >  Landforms  >  Geological basins  >  Waterholes

Animal weapons: crocodile

This is a colour clip showing how the saltwater crocodile ('Crocodylus porosus'), also known as the estuarine crocodile, hunts for prey in a tropical waterhole. The clip shows the crocodile swimming low in the water to avoid being seen by the many species of wading birds that use the waterhole for feeding and breeding. ...


Message Stick - Kurtal: Snake Spirit, 2002: Jila

This clip shows Nyirlpirr Ngalyaku Spider Snell (c1925-), a Wangkatjunka Elder, teaching members of his community about Kurtal, their snake ancestor. In the opening scenes he shows his paintings that illustrate the Kurtal Dreaming. Footage of a waterhole and a man wearing body paint and headdress appear before scenes that ...


'Kiritjinya' by John Tjakamarra, 1975

This acrylic painting depicts the waterhole of Kiritjinya, one of many sites visited by the Tingarri Men and their young initiates on their travels in the Dreaming. A sequence of circles represent (from top to bottom) their fire, the initiates' instruction area and the waterhole with the senior lawmen or Elders seated around ...


The Rainbow Serpent

This is a brief (two paragraphs) information page about the importance of snake creation beings, particularly the Rainbow Serpent, in the Dreamings of many Aboriginal peoples. The snake beings are seen to inhabit many permanent waterholes and are said to control of the availability of water. The second paragraph refers ...