16 Responses to “Wungala”

  1. leandro

    The lesson I take from this: Ignoring your enemies is the best way to beat them, but if things get ugly throw things at their faces.

  2. Jason Porath

    I think the lesson is supposed to be “listen to your mother.”

  3. Seeks

    Thank you for making efforts at respecting Wungala cultural integrity. I wish more people did their due diligence with other cultures and, well, individuals. Much respect.

  4. Ebele

    The drawings are so beautiful!

  5. Jason Porath

    Thanks! I worked pretty hard on em.

  6. jhalpernkitcat

    Loving this one a lot! What a badass mother!

  7. Song

    This is an amazing story and I love the artwork! Good job trying to represent their culture properly (: Most people don’t do that.

  8. Lilithmae

    I dunno; I wouldn’t mind throwing baked foodstuff at some people’s faces…

  9. Alyssa

    I love how after Wungala says the sound of roaring is just birds , the Wardaman is just like ‘seriously?’

  10. Samantha Foo

    Great job about Wungula.

  11. Miranda Goldstine

    Wungala is one badass lady. I mean seriously shoving sticky bread into a monster’s is the pinnacle of badass. She sounds like she could be a character from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

  12. LeslieFish

    What is this foolishness about “Don’t tell our stories”? Don’t you know that telling your stories far and wide will guarantee the immortality of your character? My Chippewa ancestors made the same mistake with photographs and even paintings, which is why there are almost no accurate pictures of them before 1900. We don’t know what they looked like, or much of what they wore, or their arts and crafts, or how they thought. All that is now as lost as hoarded seed that was never planted.

  13. dear reader

    Disclaimer; I’m not Aboriginal, so my knowledge isn’t from a primary source, but stories are an integral part of the Dreaming in Aboriginal culture, and of their rituals. Each Aboriginal country or nation has their own stories and Dreaming which explains their understanding of their world. As they’re sacred, some stories are only meant to be learned by certain people at certain times of their lives. So the author’s attempt to contact the Wardaman nation (Or its people?) is about respecting their Dreaming. Some stories are for everyone, others serve an important sacred purpose or are about handing down understanding of the Dreaming.
    I’m grossly oversimplifying, as I said, I’m not an indigenous Australian, but I hope that clears up a bit. It’s less ‘Don’t tell our stories’ and more ‘Please don’t share our sacred understandings that happen to take the form of stories, among other things’.

  14. Jason Porath

    Oh, I should say, I heard back from the Wardaman, they’re cool with this entry. :)