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Gurril could not understand why everyone was afraid of a snake, even if it was Gudju-gudju, the rainbow serpent! But he was soon to discover just how powerful Gudju-gudju really was and why it is not a good idea to torment the rainbow serpent.
Gurril, Storm Bird is a Gimuy Walubara (pronounced ghee-moy-wah-la-burra) Yidinji traditional story that helps to explain the cultural beliefs held by the Yidinji First Nations People of Cairns. The Gimuy Walubarra are the traditional custodians of Cairns and the surrounding regions.
This story has been told orally by many generations over thousands of years and is intrinsic to the Yidinji culture, both past and present. The call of the storm bird helps the Yidinji people prepare for the arrival of rain or the wet season. During the dry season the Gimuy Walubara people would dance and mimic the storm bird to bring in the rain.
"…a vibrant, exciting tale of a young boy’s encounter with gudju-gudju, the mighty rainbow serpent."
– Jo Vabolis, Glam Adelaide
“...beautifully written and engaging story. The full-page illustrations to accompany the text are bold, vibrant, and glossy, with the painting of the Gudju-gudju absolutely stunning. A wonderful story.”
– Kathryn Beilby, ReadPlus
“...Trevor Fourmile retells the tale with vibrant energy... matched perfectly by artist Jingalu's bold illustrations…”
– Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Books+Publishing