Gunadar the Crocodile
Dreamtime stories portray an Indigenous understanding of the world including cautionary tales involving animals. This is one such story.
Gunadar the crocodile needed a wife to care for his eggs, so he went looking along the shores where women bathed their children. He took one of the girls back to his lair and told her he would bring her one fish every day if she took care of his eggs. The girl missed her family, so she escaped and told the men in her village that Gunadar had stolen her. Gunadar followed her and the men speared him, killing him as revenge for stealing the girl. She started to miss Gunadar and thought that he must have loved her a lot to follow her, so she went back to look after the eggs in the lair. When they hatched, she told them, ‘man killed your father, so every time you see a man, I want you to eat him.’
This story warns children about the dangers of swimming with crocodiles but also holds a greater tale of respect for animals and the land they inhabit, one we can all learn from.
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