Seven Sisters Black

For Aboriginal people the Dreaming Time was the time of creation of the universe by their ancestors. This story of Seven Sisters originated from the cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation.

There were seven sisters who were all beautiful and elegant. Every man who saw them wished to marry one of the sisters. One day teh sisters went in the bush with their digging sticks to gather foods like witchety grubs and honey ants. After a successful expedition they sat down and enjoyed a feast, never imagining tha a lonely warrior named Warrumma was hiding close by, watching them.

While the sisters were eating Warrumma took away two digging sticks and hid them. All the sisters looked for the two sticks in vain but eventually the five sisters who still had their sticks sadly left without the other two.

Clever Warrumma came out of hiding and firmly grabbed the two sisters by their waists. He promised the two sisters he would take good care of them and would marry them. The two girls decided that they would pretend to agree with Warrumma’s plan, while looking for an opportunity to escape.

One day they were asked to cut pine bark to make a fire. As soon as the girls climbed in the pine trees, those trees started to grow right high up in the sky. Warrumma shouted in vain for them to come down. But they kept climbing and were warmly welcomed by to the sky by the five sisters anxiously waiting for them.

If you observe the constellation carefully you may see the two freed girls as they arrive at their sisters’ camp in the sky.

Artist Marlene Doolan is from Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory. She depicts the heavenly bodies suspended in the night sky. The Milky Way is represented as clouds of dots of different sizes and major stars are represented as a large dot surrounded by circles.

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