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The Origin of Water Once upon a time the land had no water, or so all the animals were led to believe, because the only way to get a drink or quench their thirst was to chew "Gulbirra", kangaroo grass, or lick the dew from the leaves. 1.
One day the short nosed bandicoot Gudjilla saw Bangarra the blue tongued lizard drying himself behind a rock, and when all the other animals heard this, they were very angry, and said to Bangarra "You must have some water hidden away! Where have you hidden it?" 2.
The animals called a meeting and chose Gudjilla the bandicoot to follow Bangarra wherever he went. But Bangarra was very clever and could see Gudjilla out of the corner of his eye and never revealed where the water was hidden. 3.
The animals did not know what to do. Bangarra was too smart. Then Gula, the rat, the smallest of all the animals said he could follow Bangarra but all the other animals laughed at him, and Midin, the ring tailed possum pushed his way in and told Gula that he was too small and should not be heard. 4.
Gula very hurt, went his own way and crept up very close behind Bangarra, the blue tongue lizard. Now when Bangarra thought someone was following, and looked to the left, Gula the little rat would jump to the right, and when Bangarra looked to the right, Gula would jump to the left, and so it was that the little rat Gula followed the blue tongue lizard Bangarra to the spring that was hidden under a big flat rock, and when Bangarra lifted the rock to let the spring flow, Gula jumped out from hiding and frightened Bangarra away, and all the other animals praised Gula for what he had done. 5.
The moral of this story is He who is thought of least and of no account will be the greatest. ` 6.
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