Legends of the North – Akurra, the Snake
- Posted by Peter MacDonald
- On June 11, 2015
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Exploring the edges of Lake Frome in northern South Australia, an amazing mixture of textures and formations, even aboriginal culture.
The lake is part of the local Dreaming story told by the Adnyamathanha people explaining how the region’s geology and species originated.
According to this Dreaming story, Lake Frome was emptied of its water by the Rainbow Serpent Akurra when he ventured down Arkaroola Creek (which flows onto Lake Frome) to drink.
The snake drank all the water in the lake and returned to the ranges where it still sleeps.
Because of its significance the Adnyamathanha do not venture onto the lake’s surface.
From the air over the edges of the lake, its easy to relate to this legend when rain has recently fallen in the area.