Wp/nys/Wardan Koorliny Boya
Wardan Koorliny Boya or Katter Kich or, in English, Wave Rock sits in the region of the Njaki Njaki people wer the Ballardong people. It is a Noongar keniny (dancing) ground wer a little way from there would have been a camping place, there are gnamma holes – water holes wer it was part also part of a Noongar trade route (see "W" in the sky - a song line).
The rock is a granite cliff, 15 metres high wer 110 metres long. Its wave-like shape has been caused by weathering wer water erosion made over 60,000,000 years ago, which has undercut the base wer left a rounded overhang. Water running down the rock during the wetter months dissolved the minerals, adding to the coloring of the wave. In 1960, some crystals from Katter Kich were dated as being 2,700 million years old, amongst the oldest in Australia.
Sites of Signifigance at Wave Rock
The Legend of Mulka's Cave
REQUIRES PARAPHRASING The name Mulka comes from an Aboriginal Legend associated with the cave. Mulka was said to be the son of a woman who fell in love with a man with whom marriage was forbidden. It was believed that as a result of breaking these rules she bore a son with crossed eyes. Even though he grew to be an outstandingly strong man over 10 foot tall, his crossed eyes prevented him from aiming a spear accurately wer becoming a successful hunter.
Out of frustration, Mulka turned to catching wer eating human children wer he became the terror of the district. It was said he lived in Mulka's Cave where the imprints of his hands can still be seen, much higher than that of an ordinary man.
Mulka's ngarngk became increasingly concerned about Mulka, and, when she scolded him for his anti-social behaviour, he turned il his own ngarngk wer killed her. Nidja disgraced him even karro wer he fled his cave, heading south.
All the Aboriginal people of the district, outraged by Mulka's behaviour, set out to track down nidja man who had flouted yennar rules. They finally caught him near Dumbleyung, 156km south-west of Hyden, where they speared him. Because he did not deserve a proper ritual burial, they left his body to the ants; a grim warning to those who break the law.