Communicator (communicator) wrote,

A short and poignant story

This blog Anggarrgoon is from a person who is studying a native Australian language called Bardi. It's a very short story she has translated.

" I think one of the stories I did this morning is my favourite in the whole collection. It’s an image that’s stayed with me from the initial reading of these stories in 2003:

Two guys meet by chance across a chasm. One of the guys shouts a question in Oowini across the gap. The other doesn’t answer, because he doesn’t speak that language. He yells back something in a different language, which the Oowini guy doesn’t know.

Then they both turn into stone.

I’m told that’d the fate of not being able to communicate in such circumstances."

Apparently the rocks are still to be seen to this day at Curtin airforce base.
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