Quinkin

True Giant of Australia.

Etymology: From the Kuku-yalanji (Australian) kuwinkan ("ghost").

PP'hysical description: Towers above the trees. The giant Quinkin named Turramulli was said to have only three clawed toes and three fingers.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Raids Aboriginal camps.

Habitat: Rock crevices; underground.

Distribution: Cape York, Queensland.

Significant sighting: Spirit people are depicted in rock paintings in Queensland, especially around Laura.

Sources: Douglass Baglin and Barbara Mullins, Aborigines of Australia (North Sydney, Australia: Horowitz, 1969), p. 22; Percy J. Trezise and Dick Roughsey, Turramulli the Giant Quinkin (Sydney, Australia: Collins, 1982); Percy J. Trezise and Dick Roughsey, A Journey to Quinkin Country (film) (Lindfield, N.S.W.: Film Australia, 1987); W. S. Ramson, ed., The Australian National Dictionary (Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press, 1988), p. 514; Tony Healy and Paul Cropper, Out ofthe Shadows: Mystery Animals of Australia (Chippendale, N.S.W., Australia: Ironbark, 1994), p. 115.

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