Aboriginal Legend of Bhapal As Retold in January 1993 by Olga Miller, Senior Elder of the Budjilla tribe of Fraser Island
Way back in THE FIRST TIME (The Dreamtime) when Yindingie our Messenger God was leaving the Mountain, the Budjilla people had to decide, who was to look after our Land.
There was someone to go to Burrum Heads to look after the north and there was someone to look after the south at Inskip Point.
When it came to looking after the Mountain, nobody wanted to really leave and go to a far way place, so a man called Baphal said he would go. So Baphal packed for his long journey and unbeknown to him his friend the jewel lizard stowed away in his pack. He had walked a long way, all the time he could see the Mountain in the distance.
Finally he reached the Mountain and set up camp, when out jumped the little jewel lizard, Baphal said to him what are you doing here? The little lizard said I did not want to leave you so I hid in your pack and came with you.
One day when Baphal was walking along he fell and hurt his foot, he could not get to food and water. The little lizard could see Baphal was hurt, so he went to the rock wallaby to ask him what to do. The rock wallaby said, we have to get him some water. So they got Baphal’s eelamun and hurried to the water; but when they got there, the rock wallaby could not reach, so he took the eelamun to the kangaroo and the kangaroo filled up the eelamun with water and gave it back to the rock wallaby, who with the lizard gave it Baphal.
Then the lizard said we have to get him some food, the rock wallaby said we should ask the cockatoo. So the cockatoo flew out and collected some nuts and scattered them around the Mountain so Baphal would have food.
Then the rock wallaby and the lizard decided that Baphal needed help from his people, so they made a fire and asked the cockatoo to get some leaves. The cockatoo flew out at once again and collected some green leaves from the nut tree, and this created smoke. Well our people on the Island saw the smoke and they sent help to Baphal.
When our people saw what happened they called the Mountain, Baphal’s mountain, When our people saw the lizard they called him Baphal’s lizard. When our people saw the nuts they called them ‘Baphal’s nuts’.
Painting of the Baphal Legend by artist Nainai, chosen by her aunt, Olga Miller the Senior Elder, to teach and record the history in art form.
Commissioned by Umbrella Advertising, December 1992 on behalf of Suncoast Gold Macadamias (Aust.) Limited