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goanna

any of various Australian monitor lizards
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On evidence to date, Wroe posits that much of the diet of the giant goanna consisted of carrion in the form of table scraps from marsupial lion kills.
The most common themes are the Darling River itself and associated rivers and lakes (The Paroo and Warrego Rivers and Lake Woychucca); Barkindji people (including mythic, historic and living); ancestral beings (most specifically) Ngatji (The Rainbow Serpent); native freshwater fish and river turtles, goannas, and the two moiety 'totems' of kangaroo and emu.
Wallabies, goannas, flying foxes were kill to eat with sticks.
I had noticed in the first weeks how people seemed worried about me seeing them cook damper in the ashes or eat bush foods, such as kangaroo or goanna. The reasons became clearer as I learned how people felt ashamed about eating bush foods.
** WHALAN, Gloria Girrawaa the Goanna Black Ink Press, 2010 unpaged $15.00 pbk ISBN 9781863340847 SCIS 1474057
An eternal slow goanna spoils the futures of others by showing up, not belatedly, but all too late, bearing the essential message or the redemptive gift as a thing now tragically long past its use-by date.
In versions of the Hela ingini story currently being told, the Hela ingini not only leave Mburulu Pango with their respective languages, forms of dress and material culture, but settle in places set aside and designated by the waliwali (a goanna), who is variously described as Hela's father or grandfather.
The animal food resources, including kangaroo, emu, bush turkey, lizard, goanna and witchetty grub, and plants foods, including native millet, mulga seeds, bush tomato, quandong and native fig, were hunted and gathered (Edwards 1998:40).
Goanna helps her in return for some of her feathers.
Other animals featuring in songs recorded to date include the Oenpelli Python (Morelia oenpelliensis ), a goanna ( Varanus panoptes), Long Neck Turtle (Chelodina rugosa) as well as numerous bird species such as the Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii) and the Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus).
For example, the purification sculpture made from yellow sand by biyay (large goanna), the white clay combed through the hair of young male initiates in djewul (freshwater weed), and the djalumbu (hollow log) coffin in which bones of the deceased are laid to their final rest.