Now’s the time to learn the hidden history of our own backyards

nows the time to learn the hidden history of our own backyards

Sumary of Now’s the time to learn the hidden history of our own backyards:

  • In Melbourne, Naarm, the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are an important cultural site for the local Kulin (Koolin) Nation.
  • The three day/four night Wukalina Walk is a First Nations guided and operated hiking tour of the homelands of the Palawa people in Iarapuna (Bay of Fires) in Tasmania.Photo: Rob Burnett Yet I haven’t come across a single plaque or guidepost in the park that acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land, let alone their stories as the first inhabitants of this beautiful territory.
  • Fortunately, Australians don’t need to go bush to connect with these stories and voices.
  • There are a number of Indigenous-led walking tours, cultural experiences and bush food excursions in each capital city.
  • In the inner city of Sydney, or Warrang, Aunty Margaret Campbell spins stories about the history and culture of the Gadigal people in The Rocks Dreaming Tour.In Redfern, Aunty Donna highlights the social and political history of the urban heartland (of course, you will need to wait until current COVID-19 restrictions are eased).
  • In Melbourne, Naarm, the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are an important cultural site for the local Kulin (Koolin) Nation.
  • On the guided Aboriginal Heritage Walk, participants learn about plants of cultural significance to Koori people and discover the botanicals’ medicinal and culinary uses.
  • In Brisbane, Meeanjin, Black Card Toursis a 100 per cent Indigenous-owned and run company that offers three regular cultural tours through the city – a journey through the riverside and parklands to explore bush tucker, a tour of Southbank’s cultural precinct and Indigenous art galleries, and a walk to Kurilpa Bridge to learn about the significant public collection of Aboriginal art.

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