Tales from the Daly-Nauiyu Nambiyu

A young boy sits on top of a car wreck holding a long pole.
Tales from the Daly-Nauiyu Nambiyu
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons

In the monsoon season, the Daly River region is lashed by savage storms which bring the landscape and river to life. Legend says it is the Sugar Glider travelling across the sky mischievously moving the clouds around, which brings the rain. But amidst the tropical beauty lies danger.

Stories about the monsoons and the river have been told to children for generations, to teach them to have respect for the bush and to be wary of its dangers. The Wabuymem is one of these stories.

The Wabuymem is a little grey spirit that lives in the banyan tree, lying in wait for curious children. The spirit stalks the children and lures them away from their families into the tangled mass of the banyan tree, never to be seen again.

Wangung is a boy who strays away from his grandparents while hunting. His fate is sealed when he disturbs the little grey spirit in the banyan tree ...

This reconstruction of Wangung's story evocatively captures the full power and visual richness of the stormy wet season. The filmmaker, Steve McGregor, has been making films in the Daly River region for 15 years and has been associated with the area through his wife who comes from the region.