Victoria’s Budj Bim to get World Heritage listing?

The pattern of Indigenous settlement in western Victoria has long upset the notion that Aboriginal people were purely nomadic people prior to European invasion. In the west of the state, the extensive fish traps and remnants of stone houses and the memory that people lived and farmed in defined areas highlights the fact that there…

The Bundian Way

There has long been discussion about the trail that once linked the south eastern coast of NSW to the Snowy Mountains. It is called the Bundian Way. Prior to the invasion, Indigenous people moved between the coast, the Monaro Tablelands and the higher mountains. There are other similar stories from elsewhere in the mountains: for…

Significant site handed to traditional owners

A great bit of news. This story comes from the Bendigo Advertiser. OWNERSHIP of one of Victoria’s most significant Indigenous sites was handed to the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation on Friday. The 46 hectare Mount Barker property, at Harcourt North, contains rock formations and a scarred tree describing a critical part of the Dreaming…

Walking Slowly Downhill

This is a lovely project. Domenico de Clario intends to walk the entire length of the Murray River. This is timed as part of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, a “uniquely experiential program of contemporary interdisciplinary art, developed through site-specific residencies in the inland Mildura region of Australia”.   Domenico de Clario (Italy/Aus) will walk the…

Campfire and Culture family day on the northern grasslands

1.30 -6.30 pm Sunday 25May2014 Wanderers Plains, Budgerum East A family day sharing culture, stories, bush tucker and bush knowledge being held as a Reconciliation Week event. Be welcomed on to Country by Barapa Barapa and Wamba Wamba people. Renowned Indigenous chef and guest speaker Mark Olive will prepare a bush tucker inspired gourmet BBQ.…

Mullum Mullum festival

Saturday 3 May, Sunday 4 May (opening day), Saturday 10 May & Sunday 11 May 2014 Celebrate the ecological and cultural significance of the local Mullum Mullum Creek Valley at the 16th Mullum Mullum Festival. The opening day is centred around Aboriginal culture and is full of entertainment, music, food and traditional craft workshops suitable…

Aboriginal burning: how much, how often?

An interesting piece lifted directly from the website of the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests (Mt Alexander Region). A CSIRO fire management report on Aboriginal burning in the Great Western Woodlands of south western WA has revealed some interesting facts about traditional approaches to fire in the woodlands. The report was written to document the Ngadju…