Kanku–Breakaways Conservation Park
Dreaming Stories

The Breakaways is a teaching place for young Wati’s (men). Although Aboriginal culture does not allow the full story to be told to the uninitiated, some information is permitted to be told.

There are some stories that can be told that include the “Two Dogs (Papa)”, know as “salt and pepper” or the “castle” to non-aboriginal people. To the Aboriginal people, they are known as the two dogs sitting down, one brown dog and one white dog. The difference in colouring of the two hills, although joined, has been caused by various stages of weathering and erosion, with the white hill being weathered faster than the brown hill.

To the south west of Two Dogs is a peaked hill, known as Man (Wati) who is the owner of the dogs. Other Aboriginal stories include the Emu (Kalayu) and Bearded Dragon (Ungkata).

Papa Kutjara (Kanku–Breakaways Conservation Park)
Papa Kutjara (Kanku–Breakaways Conservation Park)

Papa kutjara
This is a site called two dogs, or papa. Papa is also known locally as ‘salt and pepper’ or ‘the castle’. To the traditional owners this site is know as the two dogs sitting down – a yellow one and a white one. To the far right of papa is the peaked hill. This is the watti (man) who owns the two dogs. Moving to the left of the two dogs is the kalaya (emu). Father emu is looking after all of his little chicks.

Welcome to Antakirinja Mutuntjarra Lands.

This unique landform is known as papa or two dogs.

To the traditional aboriginal people it is two dogs sitting down – a grown one and a white one. It is a mens’ story.

To non-aboriginal people the landform is called the castle or salt pepper, simply because of the similarity to the colour and shape of the landform.

The difference in colouring of the two hills, although joined, has been caused by various stages of weathering and erosion.

The white hills has weathered faster then the brown hill.

Look to your right. You will see the peaked hill which is the wati, or man, who is the owner of the two dogs.

These landforms are examples of the breathtaking scenery forming the Breakaways Reserve. Please do not climb the landforms.

Source: Park signage
Papa signage - The Breakaways in South Australia
Papa signage – The Breakaways in South Australia

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