Maintaining Tjukurpa Law and Culture

Rainbow Serpent Dreaming Journey

Murray George
Some time ago Murray George said to me, “Come to APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands) and I will take you to my mother’s country. We want you to film it and put it on the internet so the whole world can see what our tjukurpa means for us. It’s our whole life. We are free people and it’s not for anyone to tell ws what to do. This tjukarpa is for everybody to know about, and they can support us so that it is there in the future, for all the children, for everybody.”
So I went with Murray and John, and that’s what we set about doing.
The journey for Murray started long before that. He comes from Wanampi (Rainbow Serpent) and has been doing it all his life. John Hartley has been doing it all his life too. His country is Far North Queensland (FNQ) where Rainbow Serpent is know as Yirmbal by the Kuku Yananji or Kurriyala, the more general name for carpet snake. Murray and John’s coming together was a natural and obvious one in the Aboriginal world. They are both of Rainbow Serpent or water snake dreaming and are born of the same spirit.
The journey has covered over 20,000 km. Murray and John have sat down with men and women all over Australia, carefully deliberating the endangered position of traditional culture in Australia, and taking action to prevent its extinction. Only a small part of this story is told in the documentary. This blog will add some more.
The Two Brothers Walking preview is ready for release and shortly you will be able to see it. In the meantime we are working on the website and completing the documentary. Subscribe to the mailing list to keep up with new releases at
For some, this will be the first contact with traditional Aboriginal culture. If so, this page will assist you in coming to appreciate a unique world-view completely different from the western mindset. I can promise you it will be dynamic, organic and sustainable as well as at times confusing, baffling and thought provoking, but above all, a magical mythical tour. Tell your friends.
David Salomon
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