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Mayi Budan – Monsoon Vine Thickets

[April 2016]

There are these little patches of green along our coast, they are our favourite camping spots the ones we use the most.
They’re always cool and shady with fruits upon the trees, they make you want to just relax and enjoy the gentle breeze.
They are remains of rainforest from many years ago, now called Monsoon Vine Thickets the reason I don’t know.
For vines are very few in them its trees they like to grow.
The Bardi call them Mayi Budan and others have their name, but when they’re all translated they all mean much the same.
A place of many fruit trees of cures and tools of wood, where nothings wrapped in plastic and taste just like it should
Some of them are sacred too they hold the law of old, so when they say don’t enter please do as you’re told.
The Mayi Budan are protected now by laws in Black and White and Rangers on the country are making sure they’re right
They burn in the right places to keep them fire free and pull out all the foreign weeds that smother ancient trees.
They’re learning all the Latin names of lizard’s birds and bees, and in the Mayi Budan of every single tree.
They share the ancient knowledge of generations past with scientist and school children all sitting on the grass.
The importance of the Mayi Budan they want to pass along to keep the country healthy and all the people strong.

Neil Hamaguchi 30/3/16  


Image: One with the Bardi Jawi Rangers (Chirs Sampi) doing buffer burn to protect Mvt From late season hot fires (©Environs Kimberley)