The Gunaikurnai people have a story about a big frog called Jiddelek, long ago. He began to drink the water from the waterholes, then from the creek, then from the river, until there was no water left.
All the animals were thirsty but there was no water anywhere. They called a meeting and decided that one of them should try to make Jiddelek laugh. Turtle and platypus played leapfrog. That didn’t make him laugh. Duck and bird flew around. But that also didn’t make him laugh. Bataluk the goanna strutted his stuff to and fro puffing his stomach. Jiddelek was nearly asleep.
Snake said, “let me have a go.” He started to wiggle, squiggle and dance. He twisted and turned and nearly tied himself in a knot. Then came a rumbling noise from Jiddelek and it grew louder and louder. His mouth opened and he began to laugh. A mighty gush of water came out of his mouth and all the water once again filled all the rivers and waterholes.
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