How the Kangaroos got their Tails

How the Kangaroos got their Tails

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hi my name is David edgren I'm going to read you how the Kangaroos got their tails an Aboriginal story told by George moo myung Learman yari compiled by Pamela lofts how the Kangaroos got their tails I'm going to tell you a story about how the kangaroos got their tails in the early days in the dream time there were two kangaroos who lived in this country one came from the hills the other from the plains the plains kangaroo was a big kangaroo with long arms and long legs the hill kangaroo was a small kangaroo with short arms and short legs one day the shortened kangaroo was walking around hunting for sugar bag which is wild bush honey you can find sugar bag by watching the bees and following them to their hive where they make the honey he really liked sugar bag that's short on kangaroo so he kept on looking and looking until he found some in a hole in a rock he reached just inside that hole and pulled out a handful of sugar bag and ate it it was good Tucker now that big kangaroo was hungry for the sugar bag himself he sat down next to the shorter on kangaroo hey what are you eating he said I needing sugar bag said the short-arm kangaroo you've got long arms you can reach right down and get some too so that big kangaroo put his long arm deep into the hole and pulled out a handful of spiders ah try again said the short arm kangaroo put your arm right down into the hole that's where the sugar bag is so the big kangaroo put his hand into the hole again but only pulled out more spiders the shorter on Kangaroo kept reaching just inside the hole and pulling out more and more sugar bag pretty soon he'd eaten it all himself the big kangaroo was wild that shorter armed kangaroo had tricked him he went over to a white gum tree and broke off a big stick the shorter armed kangaroo thought he'd better get a stick too he went and broke one off a red bloodwood tree and then they started to fight they hit each other over the head with those sticks until the big kangaroo ran away well that short armed kangaroo threw his stick and it's stuck right into the big kangaroo that made the big kangaroo even more wild so he turned round and threw his stick it stuck right into the short armed kangaroo then they each hopped away back to their own country the big kangaroo went back to the low country where the sugar grass grows and the shortened kangaroo hopped away up into the hills I am a sugar grass country man now said the big red Plains kangaroo I will live here forever and I am a boulder country man that shortened kangaroo said I will live in the hills amongst the boulders and spinifex and they are still there today when you see them you will know how they got their tails


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