From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
It was from
Alice Springs Aborigine, Jack Adams that I learnt the following information
in 1991: "The Panklanka
People relish the taste of aboriginal flesh, and will kill any aboriginal
man, woman or child that happen to cross their path, and they also kill
and eat any white people they catch too."
big wooden clubs with which they kill their victims. If they eat them
raw on the spot they will cut them up with big stone knives. These monsters
are so big and tall that they are able to tuck the bodies of people
they have killed into belts of hair-string around their waist if they
want to carry them back to their camps for cooking."
they cook an Aborigine they crush the bones with their big, powerful
hands, or pound away at the body with a club. Then they break the back
into sections and remove the intestines, and bury the body in an earth
trench. A fire is then lit above it just like we cook kangaroos."
the body is cooked it is dismembered; first by breaking the spine, and
then removing the chest and ribs with a big stone knife. Sometimes those
big blokes won't eat the head right away. Instead, they
stick it in the fork of a tree high up above the ground to eat later."
A retired jackaroo,
Christian Edwards, who claims to have found the huge footprints of one
of these man-giants near Tennant Creek in 1981, informed me in 1990: "There
was a time long ago when the Pankalankas were so numerous that they
lived all over the Northern Territory, chasing off Aboriginal people
wherever they found us, catching and eating us at every opportunity."
see them walking across the country in large groups and at night they
lit their way with big fire sticks." "But eventually
our ancestors increased in numbers and were able to stand up to the
Pankalankas. Many Pankalankas were killed in fights, so that today they
are not so numerous. They still live
in the more remote areas, and some folks have seen bands of Pankalanka
men, women and children moving across the country at night in the ranges
hereabouts, lighting their way with big fire sticks."
area, north-west of Melbourne, is another district where the Doolagarl
has made itself known on and off over the years. For example,
in August 1981 Mrs Delia Richards, her husband and a group of friends
were one day visiting a dense bushland area near a rubbish tip, when
they heard a loud groaning sound coming from among trees near the tip.
a hairy, long-armed, ape-like creature with long pendulous breasts moving
on two legs among the trees. The group then saw a male-like beast standing
nearby and snarling at the humans. The male and female creatures moved
away to disappear into the surrounding bushland.
footprints embeded in Snow
Mrs H.L. Drew
herself found a number of Yowie footprints, embedded in snow at Kings
Cross Road near Cabramurra in the winter of 1981.
brown bear Encounter
It was also
on the 'Ravine' road late one night in the winter of that year, that
a father and his 13 year old son were travelling in their car when it
broke down. Leaving his
son in the vehicle on the roadside, the father went to get assistance. Much later,
when he returned with help, he found his son petrified with fear. The
boy told his father that "a big brown bear"had walked near
the car as he sat inside.
In 1981 Mr Zack
Stuckey was working on a forestry survey team search, the purpose being
to construct a new forestry road through the forest covered mountainous
country between Bombala and Bega. He was at that time stationed at Bombala.
His job was that of a chairman on a survey team.
About 12 noon
he and the surveyor, together with another man, were working on the
side of a mountain. While the other two went in search of tree markers
Zack sat down for a rest. As Zack sat
quietly he sighted a "large thing" moving between two large
boulders in a gully below him. He decided to climb down to have a closer
look at what it was he had caught sight of.
As he got to
the point where he had seen the figure, he spotted "a large, brown-haired
back" moving into thick bush about 30 m from him. He could hear
the creature moving deeper into the bush, breaking foliage as it moved.
The thick scrub
prevented him from seeing the legs of the mysterious beast, but it appeared
solid in build, with broad hunched shoulders, and was about his height
[2 m]. He did not attempt to follow the creature, but instead returned
back up the mountainside to rejoin his workmates. However, when
he told them what he had just seen they only laughed and accused him
of being on drugs.