Wurray is a Dreamtime character. Wurray is one of our 'makers'.
He is a traveller with an open mind and an open heart to the land.
Wurray goes on an epic odyssey, Yolngu style, passing through different terrain and what became different clan's land.
Wurray's journey always begins with the sun rise. The song rises from the ashes like coals brought back to life with dry grass. Wurray leaves his little humpy, takes his spears and sets off on his journey.
He walks through low-laying scrub land and heads towards an outcrop of eucalyptus trees in the distance. He travels through the beginnings of the rocky escarpment country. He starts to see spinifex bushes.
Wurray notices everything. This country is more hostile than what he's used to.
Next thing, Wurray is spotted by Wäk, the crow, and after a while Wurray sees Wäk too. Wurray doesn't know it but Wäk is like his guardian through this unfamiliar country. Wäk flies down and dances for Wurray. Wurray learns the crow's dance and they dance together. Yolngu still dance crow today. Wäk flies away and a new chapter begins.
Wurray continues his journey. He emerges at more solid and rocky escarpment country that falls off to flat plateaux. He wants to make a dilly bag to carry things in, so he forages and finds all he needs to make one. It's a particularly good dilly bag and he is very pleased with himself so starts dancing for joy. This song and dance is called Dimbuka (Dilly bag dance).
Wurray continues walking and comes to open woodlands. He has got the taste for something sweet so goes looking for yarrpany (sugarbag or wild bush honey). He finds a hive, scrapes away the bees and eats his fill of honey. He wraps some more for later in stringybark and puts it into his new dillybag, prompting the dancing and singing of Yarrpany.
Wurray makes his way down to a low-laying area covered with eucalyptus and palm trees. He notices a particular kind of stringbark tree we call balgurr. He cuts some bark off this tree and scrapes the rough parts of it using two smaller trees he has cut down for this purpose. He then mashes the bark between the trees, making it nice and soft. He chews the bark mash and the lovely flavour of the sap comes out.
Wurray countinues walking. He is spotted by a bird we call Wilata, which is a bit like a woodpecker. Wilata dances for Wurray and they begin dancing Wilata together.
Next thing Wurray sees on his journey is another Balgurr tree. He heads towards it. When he's almost there he spots a tree called Djalatjala with a string vine on it called Malka rakirrirr. That cheeky bird Wilata is waiting for Wurray here. He's dancing for him on that vine. So Wurray dances Malka rakirrirr together with Wilata. Yolngu dance and sing this still today.
Then Wäk, the crow protector of Wurray, comes to see him again. They dance Wäk together. They're like old friends now Wäk and Wurray.
The terrain changes again and Wurray is back in rocky country, but it's harsher than before. Wurray is getting cuts on his feet and legs from the flintstones and types of spinifex grass we call nganggu nganggu (razor grass) and burrtjulupa (nail grass).
Wurray is very thirsty. His lips are very dry and he really wants water. He walks towards a low-laying area and collects a type of grass we call läwarr.
He mixes läwarr with balgurr from before and a kind of wild grape (wuluymung) - a combination that has a strong effect on Wurray. He starts speaking in tongues and spitting wildly. His body is taken over and he takes on transformative powers. He's cursing and chanting to try and bring the rain.
The rain comes with thunder and lightning. He looks for a tree with a hump and taps into it.
Water starts to flow and Wurray drinks his fill. He is satisfied.
Wurray sees a rainbow stretching over the escarpment country.
You can see how powerful Wurray is and the kinds of influence he can have over the environment.
Wurray heads down through the open woodlands, past the rocky country and arrives at what is now known as Goyder River. Here he bathes in a water hole and cleanses himself. There is lots of vegetation and palm trees all around. It is a beautiful place.
Wurray walks back up to the escarpment country and reaches his final destination.
He stands and watches the setting sun. As the sun sinks below the horizon he dances Warrarra or Ganamba (sunset dance).
This journey has taken Wurray from what is now called Buckingham Bay to Raymanggirr to Goyder River.
That is the songline of the great nomadic warrior of the Dreamtime called Wurray.