a reply to: IVANV
Good job Ivan. I have been through that area on foot and by 4WD from 1999 to 2001. Interesting about the holes you mentioned regarding shadows.
Don't be disheartened. There is a massive hole nearby your pin drop which I will try to locate tonight after work (Sharpening chainsaw and felling
trees on my block presently) and I checked back here during a break.
If you have the time look for 'Nymboida' in New South Wales. At the village there is a turn off called Glens Creek Road which intersects with the
main 'Armidale Road'. Follow the Glens Creek Road west for about 6 klicks and I live in that area. I say this so you can get an idea how far from
your 'pin drop' I live now.
Back to the 'pin drop' . You're basically near an area if I remember called 'Naparrula hills'. Naparrula is the term for a family of women (skin
name) and that is their dreaming area. A bit further east (and I'll find it tonight if I can with what you have provided) is the 'serpent' dreaming
area where there is a massive depiction of snake serpent painted across a rock wall. I would daresay it would be one of the largest single depictions
of the serpent in Australia.
I found that by accident once taking a bearing from Nyrippi through the bush to the Tanami road. I got in a small bit of trouble too when I asked the
elders about it simply because I went to a sacred initiation area. (By accident true).
More west of your mark and across the Tanami road I was taken into the hills by an aboriginal Tracker/Artist/Lawman 'TJabaltjari' and shown where he
was born in more serpent dreaming area. Remarkable smaller rock formations pushed upwards and stretching in a winding line north to the north for
miles. He explained that this is where the 'Rainbow Serpent' wound it's way north across the Tanami Desert. To be sure it was regarded sacred and
mysterious and I wasn't even allowed to disturb a rock or a stick nor take any photos. I respected his wishes.
Getting back to the hole in the ground. It's a vertical drop 10 metres deep and about 15 metres diametre in the middle of a rocky patch covered with
Mulga. Last time I was there I was given permission to explore the hole with my wife's family who had travelled from the east coast to visit. With
rope we climbed in and followed the tube for about 100 metres where rubble blocked the way as the tube led downwards about 30 degrees.
More sink holes/caves exist about 100 kilometres north west near 'Chilla Well'. An abandoned site south of the 'Granites Goldmines'. I have explored
these with 'Japarrula' another tracker/lawman.
Why am I saying all this. It was part of my occupation to know that part of the desert and I was particularly interested in locating wells and
sinkholes for water. My aboriginal skin name is 'Tjangala' pronounced (Jungula) although I'm whitefella but my wife and children were later adopted
by the the Warlpiri out there.
That said, this was my first experience with Min Min and these were in the distance many kilometres away. Nothing really ever up close. Looked light
torch lights miles away in the middle of nowhere and that would probably be the description if viewed on video. Coloured ones were rare and often
looked like vehicle taillights crossing the desert at speed then lifting upwards. Rare to see but fascinating none the less and very deceptive until
they rose upwards or just went out. (Trying to keep on topic).
Anyway, will be back tonight to go over the satellite image. Brings back memories. Also look up Francis Japarulla Kelly. (Bush Mechanics fame and
aboriginal movie maker) You may pick me in the 1st 2 episodes of "Bush Mechanics". I will contact Francis if I can and perhaps ask him if he has any
film of the subject.
Kind regards for now and back to work for me,
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