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The Owl Dreaming story goes back to the Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) – two boys plucked the feathers off an owl and threw him up in the air. The Rain God was furious, and when the boys looked up the owl hadn’t come back down. He eventually did, with his feathers back on, and sat on a humpy and watched the rain bucket down. All the people were drowned (the boys tried to run away by holding on to a kangaroo’s tail but the ‘roo led them into a large boab tree and they perished there). So after the Rain God had his revenge the rain stopped and the rainbow came out and the owl lived happily ever after.
Gallery Note – Owl Dreaming is a well known Dreamtime story of the Gija people. As with many of their stories, the moral is clear and in this particular scenario, it is noted that one must be kind to animals.