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Russell Smith

Free Account, Norseman

Gnamma Hole

These life saving gnamma holes were used by the Aboriginals as a source of water. The name "Gnamma" is an aboriginal word meaning rock hole. They are generally about a metre in diameter and about 15cm deep. Some -- especially these larger ones --- hold water for a long time after a good rain. So important were they in traditional lifestyles that aboriginal people are known to have visited certain sites regularly, to keep favoured gnammas clean.

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  • anthony ryan 21/07/2009 12:27

    Again Russell,you have capturted a very interesting picture which has it's own unique history.I love the colours and can feel the texure of the rock on my hands rougth and gritty.And then you have the pools of water,who knows how many lives they have saved over the years.They look so clean and clear you can the see the texture of the rock at the bottom,Again Russell it's a picture which has interest and make you think about what and who went before,I like that.The picture is beautifuly composed in good light and captured in excellent detail and colour.I will look foward to seeing some more interesting pictures from where you live Russell.
    Best wishes.
  • Nancy Blach 20/07/2009 20:59

    Very interesting, who knows, maybe there is a story to my "puddles" as well although I haven't heard one yet.
    But probably not, Colorado river was too close for Indians to choose rock holes over the river.