Lillian Bowen lead us to the beach for inspiration to complete ‘Dhaarba’ (The Snake); a song we had started composing in a workshop the previous week. We completed the lyrics together on the beach before students collected different colours of sand, stones, vines and leaves to sculpt a giant snake.
Later in the evening we gathered around a camp fire and practiced reciting the new translated lyrics.
Nganhdhaan yin nganhdhaan nhangu nhaamaa
We are scared when we see him
Sleeping in the bush
Hunting in the grass
Slithering through the sand
Swimming in the water
Nhulu gaanydyandyarr ngalan minhdhiilbi
He will slither in the heat of day
Muganh-muganhbi nhulu dhadaa
When it’s cold he goes away
People are scared
But the snake hides away