Water is an essential part of country and considered an inseparable part of the living landscape.
It is believed among many Aboriginal groups that water is the center of all being, detailing the conception of life with the rainbow serpent creating and giving life to all things.
During the hot seasons where water was scarce, Aboriginal people would know where to find it in places like the roots of certain trees. Aboriginal peoples would also monitor animals for clues to find water. Kangaroos are known to scratch claypans and birds such as the Zebra Finch can be followed through the desert to eventually lead to a water source.
Most water sources would often be a great place for hunting animals such as Kangaroos and Emus. Watering holes and drinking spots can make hunting animals a much easier task. Water-holding frogs are dug up during the summer and have their bodies wrung out for water. They are then re-buried and the process is repeated.
Water has significant cultural and spiritual values for Aboriginal peoples. They have a long and deep relationship with water which has evolved to allow survival today through accessing Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
This information has been sourced from the NACC NRM educational resource Sharing Yamaji Knowledge which is available on our website.