Elder Doolann Leisha Eatts talks about her totem the bobtail
Elder Doolann Leisha Eatts
Doolann Leisha Eatts: – and one day I told ‘er that I ate a bobtail with ’em and she won’t let me go with ’em any more ’cause she didn’t like me eatin’ the bobtail. She said “You can eat the kardar and you can eat the rabbit but you’re not to eat the bobtail.”
Chris Owen: Why, because she thought it wasn’t for a girl, or for any other reason?
Doolann Leisha Eatts: Yeah she reckon the bobtail had a cross under its – on its neck – and I wasn’t allowed to eat it because it was sacred to her and to her people, her tribe. But it wasn’t to my grandmother on the Bennell side see, but mum was the Yarran side.
From: Doolann Leisha Eatts interview for South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, 17 January 2007
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