The Wallaby and the Dugong
Author: Written and illustrated by students from Lockhart River State School
Storyteller and Cultural Consultant: Vincent Temple
Literacy facilitator: Dot Walker
Illustration and ICT facilitator: Lynette Griffiths
Editing: Dot Walker
Digital preparation and illustration editing: Lynette Griffiths
Animators: Paul Lalo and Jennie Vigaud
Sound artist: Will Kepa
English narration: Beverley Pascoe
Language narration: Dorothy Short, Suzie Pascoe and Queenie Giblet
Thanks and acknowledgements
Lockhart River State School Principal: Lorraine Boyland
Class teacher: Amanda Lawrence
Teacher aide: Beverly
Pegasus Studios: Nigel Pegrum
Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff
Participating children from Lockhart River State School
With funding assistance from the Australian Government's Indigenous Culture and Support Program
1: A very long time ago at Mosquito Creek there live a wallaby and a dugong.
2: The wallaby did not like his big flat tail
3: and the dugong did not like his long pointed tail.
4: Each day they would come to drink at the water hole and share stories about how unhappy they felt about their tails.
5: The wallaby dreamt about hopping fast through the bush and the dugong dreamt about swimming smoothly through the water.
6: So they decided to swap their tails. They snapped them off and gave them to each other.
7: Then the two animals tested out their new tails.
8: The tails worked so well both the animals agreed to keep them.
9: The dugong swam off smoothly through the water all the way to Murray Island where he found a wife and had a family.
10: After this they all swam back to Mosquito Creek where they lived happily together. And that is the story of how the dugong got his tail!
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