|Welcome to Country Ceremony in Belgrave
Wurundjeri Elder and Educator Uncle Bill Nicholson and family
Yesterday Tony and I attended the Survival Day gathering in Belgrave to celebrate the survival and spirit of Aboriginal people and culture. Thank you to Wurundjeri elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson and his family for welcoming us to Country. And thank you to artist, Safina Stewart, for 'Heaven Came Down' and for taking the time to share your stories with us.
The Wurundjeri via www.begravesurvivalday.org
The land that Belgrave Survival Day falls upon is part of the Wurundjeri nation that lived here for tens of thousands of years before the colonial settlers re-named the area Belgrave in the late 19th century.
The Wurundjeri country covered a huge expanse of what is now metropolitan Melbourne: from the inner city to the Werribee river; south east as far as Mordialloc creek and over to Healesville. The Wurundjeri nation spoke Woi-wurrung language and were part of the wider Kulin nation comprising five language groups. Two social totems governed Wurundjeri: the Crow (in Woi-wurrung Waang) and Bundjil the Eagle Hawk.
Many Aboriginal nations were named after specific geographical features of their land. The wordWurundjeri is derived from the Woi wurrung word Wurun referring to the river white gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) and Jeri is the grub that resides within that specific (ribbon gum) tree.
The Wurundjeri clan that inhabited the Melbourne area would often spend the summer months upon the banks of the Yarra and its tributaries. In winter, they would often head to the Dandenong Ranges (known as Banyenong) to make use of its timber for firewood and shelter. Wurundjeri divided their year into seven seasons rather than the familiar four. The arrival of a new season was based on the onset of a natural event such as the blooming of wattle or the first appearance of the blue wren.
For more information about the Wurundjeri nation, please contact:
Koorie Heritage Trust at 295 King St, City on (03) 8622 2600 or www.koorieheritagetrust.com
Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation Cultural Heritage
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|Mabel Juli with her painting Garnkeny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming) Photo Eddi Jim|
''The moon as a man went hunting kangaroo, and left his wife and mother-in-law at home in the camp. When he came back he saw a woman with her long hair hanging down. It was the mother-in-law and he wanted to marry her; he didn't want his wife any more.''
The people of the camp told him to leave and to take his ''right-way wife''. As he walked, the moon turned and cursed them, telling them they would die, while he would return each month.' Mabel Juli
Elders are our embers
Each part of a whole
We are strong when we know this.
Birth of the Butterflies
All artwork and stories from: www.aboriginalaustralianart.com
I have become captivated by the movement and light in the artwork of Aboriginal artist, Kamahi Djordon King (Jungala) - enjoy.
|Desert Country by Kamahi Djordon King (Jungala) link|