Meekadarabee Cave

Meekadarabee Marrbugan

Language Points

Guugu Yimithirr

Thana Noongar bama Western Australiawi ngutha-nguthangan Mekadarabee Marrbuganbi binaal gurra yiway bubuwi nhin-gaalnggay. Thaanaangami guuguwi yiyi bubu thanaan-gal nhaathaalthiya Bubu Janyjiiljinu Waariganngu, gurra galmba nganbaaygu milbi mugul bubu gujinbi. Bamaal yiyi marrguban use-im-gurrali 48,000 years ago. Muguul-muguul dagungay dabaar nhaathaalthiya Australiawi waami yiway: guunduu birgu bathibay gurra nambal diyaarrthirr, nguba wunay manuwi yithanu.

English

The Noongar people in Western Australia have a long and continuous connection with Meekadarabee Cave. In their language this place means the bathing place of the Moon and is connected to an old traditional story. People started using this cave about 48,000 years ago. The oldest ornaments in Australia have been found here: three ground bone beads and a stone object with a hole in it that may have been used as a pendant.

Devil’s Lair Cave, courtesy of Yallingup, SWALSC

From: https://www.noongarculture.org.au/