Taungurung people belong to one of two moieties which are connected to the ancestral beings Bundjil (Wedge Tail Eagle) and Waang (Crow).
Clans identified with one of these moieties and it was their moiety which determined the pattern for marriage between individuals, clans and tribes and transcended local allegiances by obliging clan members to find spouses from some distant clan of the opposite moiety either within or outside their Wurrung (language group).
Image source: Taungurung Land and Waters Council.
Nyernila - Listen Continuously: Aboriginal Creation Stories of Victoria, is compilation of Victorian Aboriginal Creation Stories told by Victorian Aboriginal People.
Published & produced by the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages & Creative Victoria, this book contains stories from the Taungurung community.
The Wiik Wiik who Bia the Bunbunarik
- Read story on Nyernila (page 42)
Why the Marram Has a Moibo and the Wariin Does Not
- Read story on Nyernila (page 44)
The First Taungurung Women
- Read story on Nyernila (page 45)
Image sources: Australian Museum & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Taungurung (Victoria) Dolodanin-dat Animation Project Group
The animations below were created by the Taungurung (Victoria) Dolodanin-dat Animation Project Group and have been published with permission of the Project Group and the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, which holds the copyright to all cultural material on behalf of the Taungurung Nation.
The sources used to create the content on this page can be found on Taungurung Further Reading.