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Whirlpool is the legend that tells us why. It starts when one day, long ago, the saltwater people pursued the freshwater people in canoes. Whirlpool is a Yirritja story that is told in Marra language.
This is a cautionary tale that is passed on from generation to generation. The salt-water people from the Gulf of Carpenteria fought often with the fresh-water people of Roper River which leads inland (and includes the people of Beswick). The Roper River was the means by which the local people travelled. Dug out canoes were the means of transport. Salt-water and fresh-water peoples often fought along the Roper River. A lot of fighting was over women who had been stolen from their respective clans.
This legend warns the fresh-water people to take care of themselves when they are in close quarters with neighbouring clans.
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