A glipse of the real Arnhem Land

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By Megan Dingwall
Updated March 18 2021 - 1:31am, first published March 7 2020 - 1:00pm

It was late September, just a few weeks before the end of Gurrang, one of Arnhem Land's six seasons. Smoke rose from the floodplains where the local women hunt long-necked turtles. The fire stripped the tall grass, revealing holes that could give away a turtle hiding beneath the mud. The women poked sticks down the holes, listening for a tap on the turtle shell.

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Megan Dingwall is a senior producer at The Canberra Times.

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