Culture

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The Wurdi Youang Stone Arrangement in Victoria of the Wathaurung nation

We as Aboriginal people have studied astronomy, our stars, stories and our map of the world. It began by reading the night sky. We had calendars too. This pictured site above is in Victoria but we also have a Wiradjuri astronomy & ceremony site near Peak Hill.

Research continues on into the site, it’s arangment and purpose as so little, as like some damaged sites, have few recordings relating to it.

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Site near Peak Hill NSW is on private property and shows years of damage to an unprotected area

The site in Victoria, shows the summer and winter solstice and the area measured in the centre of the stone arrangement as the equinox.

Australian media have published this everywhere in recent weeks.

Aboriginal astronomy is being researched and documented by both Aboriginal astronomers and non-Aboriginal astronomers today.

Wiradjuri astronomy is recorded in family stories and the Dreaming. Our stories relate to life, burials, hunting, dangers, seasons, ceremony and survival.

A team are recording such stories at the moment all over Wiradjuri country. The team are based in Orange, consisting of Larry Towney and Trevor Leahman.

Please contact them if you have any information to share and would like it to be recorded.

With the rest of Australia now becoming interested, it may be time to start telling those night stories again.

They may finally be listening.

Photo Prof Ray Norris

9 thoughts on “Culture

  1. Here’s my own person story about our Aboriginal culture. What a terrific few days at Wollombi barnstay, Ngurra Bu Aboriginal Deaf Camp. I took two young aboriginal deaf children there as a volunteer/carer/mentor On arrival I met up with other teachers/carers and children from all over Australia, some as far as Cairns and Mossman Qld, Wagga Wagga, Central Coast, Dubbo and the far western NSW plus Melbourne Vic. It was one of the most uplifting things I’ve ever done for these deaf aboriginal kids and myself. I’ve always said you never stop learning and I’ve got a life time of learning to go. I’ve never been so interested in the stories about our aboriginal culture and I’ve never took the time to learn or understand it before now. The true “lore” if followed by all and I mean all the peoples of the world would be a better place. There common values that we all should follow and I’ve be guilty myself of not follow them but will endeavour to do so. Learning these lessons from our aboriginal culture and all ancient cultures has been forgotten but needs to be reinforced to young aboriginal youth and all youth in general for that matter. Only a bit over 230 years ago if you broke the “lore” you were first speared in the leg if you did it again you could be speared in a way to give you a permanent limp to remind you of your wrongs. Do it again and you were speared to death or worse still banished for ever, in so doing never having a home not being able to travel through other tribal lands or hunt there. So you continued to break more “lore” of other tribes and you would either starve or be killed by others in the end. It was all about respect, being humble, love & caring for family. Things that many seem to have forgotten in current times. So the message from the camp was to pass on these lessons to our aboriginal youth and teach these 3 things and of course the culture of the aboriginal people. There’s no way to learn it all in a few days or even years it’s a lifelong lesson. To be invited to learn a snippet of aboriginal cultural ways with tracking animals, bush tucker & medicine making bush tools, instruments, learning to read and interpret the meanings of rock carvings and cave paintings was a real eye opener and a spiritual moving feeling for me personally. To be able to participate in soul cleansing smoke ceremonies and a Corroboree all bare footed to connect with Mothers Earth is something I can’t really explain. I can only hope that these young aboriginal children learn the ways of their forefathers as I have started to learn because it’s the very thing that missing from the world today. They say Aboriginal culture is dead, it’s not only if we let it be. So that my story about a truly amazing few days about something that is about the oldest culture in the world, The Aboriginal culture. There’s already talk of another camp at the same place so count me in. I’d like to thanks everyone for making it happen for all these deaf aboriginal children and of course myself. Special thanks must go to firstly the host at barn stay Adam Drylie and Debra Swann, Greg Frost (Deaf Children Australia)and from my end Donna Rees Department of Education Dubbo.

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  2. I would love to hear the stories. The world needs to hear them.
    This will bring more connection to the land once more and give Aboriginal people pride in their culture and heritage. The young ones need this more than ever now.

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  3. Although I’m not a Koori myself my son-in-law is and his two daughters he has with my daughter. His mob are from Narandera near West Wylong NSW. My husband grew up in Cowra and grew up with Koori people who have been good friends of his they are from the Williams mob and Neville Williams is now a Elder . So on behalf of my granddaughters I would love to be accepted into your group. xxx

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