From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Pgymy Tribes 1938
As will be shown,
the various types of "hairy man" often overlapped on one another's
although the Aborigines of far north Queensland believed in these fearsome
creatures, they also believed in the "little hairy red men",
or 'Junjdy', that inhabited the rainforests of Cape York, Cairns, Tully
and elsewhere thereabouts; and similar beliefs in the existence of "little
hairy men" were entertained in southern Queensland and northern
New South Wales tribal folklore.
shy, timid little people less than half the height of an Aboriginal,
they were said to live in tribal groups, making crude shelters and stone
or wooden tools.
Aborigines of Queensland and northern New South Wales were describing
the Negrito pygmy-sized natives discovered by anthropologists Norman
B Tindale and Professor Joseph Birdsell in 1938. These forest-dwelling
natives often possessed reddish hair and their secretive lifestyle gave
them an aura of mystery in the Aboriginal psyche.
natives were ruthlessly hunted down and killed by the Aborigines at
ever opportunity. The Yowies, however, were generally treated with much
more respect. Although the Yowies were just as secretive in their wanderings
as the unfortunate Negrito pygmy folk, they were far more dangerous.
Yowies pale into insignificance when compared to the true "manimal
monsters" of dream-time Australia, the "stone feet" of
dim antiquity; huge monstrous beings at least three times the height
of the tallest Aboriginal and of which more will be said later.
In 1938 on a
property called "Malvern" in the Gravesend district, situated
on Slaughterhouse Creek, a 'hairy man' was often reported seen and whose
appearance became so frequent thereabouts that the locals came up with
a pet name for him :the "Wizy Wazy". He was said to be man-sized
and had a covering of long, light coloured hair.
District-Bubria-Morobe Province Papua New Guinea 1938
In the Lae district
at Bubria, Morobe Province in 1938, a 2.7 tall manbeast was claimed
seen by several Australian explorers as he moved among trees on a hillside,
scavenging for forest food.
have been cliamed seen by Europeans in this region as far back as the
First World War period, some of these accounts concerned tool-carrying
Prior to 1938
the Puri Puri manbeasts instituted a reign of terror among the native
population, for there were frequent sightings claims of the monsters
over a wide area of New Britain, but the reports began dropping off
over the years as civilisation began to spread on the island.
believe the Puri Puri monsters survive today, although reduced in numbers,
in the remoter mountainous recesses of the interior.