Sunday, March 31, 2013

Wanda and the Three Sisters

A Questionable Legend
The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters (Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo') lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighbouring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. This legend is claimed to be an Indigenous Australian Dreamtime legend.
However, Dr Martin Thomas, in his work "The artificial horizon: imagining the Blue Mountains", clearly shows that the "aboriginal" legend is a fabrication created by a non-Aboriginal Katoomba local, Mel Ward, presumably to add interest to a local landmark. The story originated in the late 1920s or early 1930s and is unknown prior to that date. The Aboriginal traditional owners, the Gundungurra, have a legend that includes the Sisters rock formation.
Anyway, the Three Sisters are a rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains' best known sites, towering above the Jamison Valley. The Sisters were formed by land erosion. The soft sandstone of the Blue Mountains is easily eroded over time by wind, rain and rivers, causing the cliffs surrounding the Jamison Valley to be slowly broken up.
(source: Wikipedia)
A Verifiable Legend
The Legend of Wanda however is less questionable, after all we received these images that show that she's is still on walkabout with @Ameeee who takes her to landmarks that make us non-Australians brush up on Oz Dreamtime...

More on Wanda's Travels: The Chronicles

Addendum: Wanda hasn't been there yet, but it seems that New South Wales also has The Three Brothers,
with their own aboriginal legend attached. This is what they look like:

Artwiculate Words of March

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Wanda says hello...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More Wanda with Dr Opbear in 2012

"I'm so sorry you didn't recieve these photos of Wanda last year. 
Wanda drove me to work one day. It was super scary, but she did her best.
Wanda caught up with an old Canadian friend while she was with me in Sydney, Australia. 
My elderly dog was a bit uncomfortable around Wanda. But Wanda was very well mannered."
- Dr Opbear (@Flickword)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wanda with Tracy. Another belated update.

Wanda with Tracy Sorenson.
April 21, 2012. - Wanda wins this year's Bathurst 10000 race in a green and white striped convertible.
By (@Squawkingalah) - More on Wanda's Travels: her Travelogue.

Wanda with Dr Opbear. A belated update.

In May last year Wanda visited Dr Opbear @Flickword in Sydney. We have been wondering what happened to the pictures.
They finally arrived, but the accompanying descriptions got lost somehow.
What is going on here? A Koala application?
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