By the hottest time of the year, he reached the top of Jim Jim Falls and was exhausted. To the people of the stone country, November is the time when Namarggon, lightning man, strikes at clouds with stone axes. In the stone country the first lightning hits the ground where the country is rich in iron ore. Namarggon’s children are sent down in the form of Yamidj (Lightning Dreaming) the Long Horned Grasshopper. In the dreaming Yamidj and his companions left round yams and red ochre as they travelled across the plateau.
“Whilst on this expedition, we observed a great number of grasshoppers, of a bright brick colour dotted with blue, the posterior part of the corselet, and wings were blue, it was two inches long, and its antennae three quarters of an inch.”
(LL.Journal, Nov. 17.1845)
At the top of Jim Jim falls, Leichhardt appeared as a reincarnated spirit figure, white faced and complete with ceremonial headdress (a large calico hat). One hundred years later, ochre painted images of Leichhardt have been found on cave walls nearby, recording men on horseback for the first time. He is depicted holding his rifle overhead as a lightning charged spear, the image of Namarrgon emblazoned on his chest. It is no wonder that the people of Kakadu approached him at the bottom of Jim Jim with great curiosity and bestowed him gifts in accordance with traditional lore.