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Mooregoo The Mopoke, And Bahloo The Moon

Mooregoo the Mopoke had been camped away by himself for a long time. While alone he had made a great number of boomerangs (a curved weapon used in hunting and in warfare), nullah-nullahs (a club or heavy-headed weapon), spears, neilahmans, and opossum rugs.

Mooregoo had carved the weapons with the teeth of opossums, and he had brightly painted the inside of the rugs with coloured designs, and he had strongly sewn them with the sinews of opossums, threaded in the needle made of the little bone taken from the leg of an emu. As Mooregoo looked at his work he was proud of all he had done.


One night Bahloo the moon came to Mooregoo's camp, and said: "Lend me one of your opossum rugs."

Mooregoo replied "No. I do not lend my rugs."

Bahloo said "Then give me one of your opossum rugs."

Mooregoo replied "No. I do not give my rugs."


Looking round, Bahloo saw the beautifully carved weapons. Bahloo said, "Then give me some of your weapons."

Mooregoo replied "No, I never give what I have made to another."

Bahloo said, "The night is cold. Lend me a rug."

"I have spoken" said Mooregoo. "I never lend my rugs."


Bahloo said no more, but went away, cut some bark and made a dardurr (bark humpy or shed) for himself.

When Bahloo's dardurr was finished and he was safely housed in it, down came the rain in torrents.

It rained without ceasing until the whole country was flooded. Mooregoo was drowned. His weapons floated about and drifted apart, and his rugs rotted in the water.


Collected in 1897 by Mrs. K. Langloh Parker.