This term has two
distinct meanings. It also refers to a person who visited from the Pyerdeenme
(black streak in the milkyway) to tell the Ancestors about the death
It is possible that
Pyerdeenme was the name of the person who walked along the black streak
in the milkyway, and is not just the name of the black streak at all.
There is a short story that refers to both the Pyerdeenme and the Lawway
Teeny. It is incomplete, and there are obvious aspects missing, but
all the same, it is an interesting saga.
long ago when the land was very young Pyerdeenme walked for a long
long time along the Lawway Teeny, or the white of the milkyway.
It took a long long time until he reached the small island at the
bottom of the Ocean called Trowena. Trowena is the Traditional Tasmanian
Aboriginal People's name for Tasmania. After he arrived at Trowena
he went down to the sea. For many days Pyerdeenme searched and searched
until he found the Traditional People, and then after calling a
great corroboree he spoke to the People and told them that Palaway
and/or Parlevar were dead.
This is only a fragment
of an obviously more detailed story. It is not recorded who exactly
Pyerdeenme referred to as having died, or why it was so important that
a sky person had to make such a very long special trip to the Tasmanian
People, who lived in another galaxy so far away, just to tell them of
the death or deaths of people who died in the Pormener (milkyway). The
Ancestors obviously knew who Palaway/Parlevar was, and why it was so
important for them to know they had died. They would also have known
where and when in their history this meeting took place. They would
have exactly where in the milkyway Pyerdeenme started his journey.
This story implies
that Pyerdeenme traveled through space for a considerable length of
time until he reached Tasmania where he continued to travel through
to travel through the air until he reached the land. He then walked
until he reached the coast and found the Ancestors. The great corroboree
would have been a massive gathering of numerous if not all the Kinship
Groups to tell them his news. Perhaps Palaway and/or Parlevar were the
wives that were taken to the stars after they were brought back to life
by the sting of the blue ants.
The full story and
details of the information he is trying to share might never be known,
but even as a fragment it still offers food for thought as to the extent
of the knowledge that was known about the stars.
The story of the blue ants is in the book "Traditional Aquaculture
Methods" page 58. Manuta Puggalugglia Publishers 1999 ISBN 1 876260
and Pineerner as seen in the southern night sky"