Posted on June 17, 2014
A beautiful national park just south of Bourke in Western NSW. Rich in the aboriginal culture and history of the Ngemba people.
Red soil roads get you through and Gundabooka NP. The landscape is diverse. Creeks were full of tadpoles and some nearly to be frogs. The deep blue skies with a hint of rain in the distance created a wonderful backdrop for driving, walking and feeling the spirit of this park.
Posted on May 19, 2014
Mungo National Park in south-western NSW (see map) has an ancient heritage. Evidence of early inhabitants who lived and cared for this land over 45000 years ago were discovered here. This makes Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times.
Today three Aboriginal traditional tribal groups care for Mungo. The Paakantji/Barkindji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people walk here in their ancestors’ footsteps.
Mungo is a part of the bigger Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. The landscape was very different in earlier times. The lakes were full, the land abundant with wallaby and the lakes with shellfish.
Mungo is a special place with the land resting more easily now since the pastoralists have moved on.
Posted on November 26, 2013
the Worrorra, Wunambal and Ngarinyin people say that the Wandjina are the creator beings of the Dreaming
they made the world and all it contains
this art captures the spirit of these beliefs
Posted on November 9, 2013
traditional lands of the the Worrora, Wunambal-Gaambera and Ngarinyin Aboriginal peoples
115 300 hectares of pure remoteness
pandanus and paperbarks along the creeks
mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians
Posted on November 5, 2013
A small and remote bay in the Kimberley is where you find Jar Island and the outstanding and old Gwion Gwion art. It could be 50000 years old. Aboriginal legend attributes the creation of the art to birds.
The dating of the Gwion Gwion art is controversial. No pigment actually remains on the rock surface, making carbon dating impossible. However a fossilised wasp nest covers part of the paintings and this was carbon dated in 1996. It was dated at over 17000 years old.
Standing near the Gwion Gwion art, whether they are 17000 or 50000 years old, is a humbling experience.
Time stands still here.
Posted on October 27, 2013
Posted on October 24, 2013
The Kimberley, is an immensely rich landscape in its vastness, indigenous culture, mineral wealth and sheer beauty.
It is a landscape of colour and mood. It has an enduring spirit of an old and experienced land.
This is the first blog in a series on the Kimberley (see locational map).
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