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Inland New South Wales
Wiradjuri country includes large areas of present day New South Wales. Wiradjuri guides assisted explorer Thomas Mitchell on his expeditions through their country. Explore the relationship between Mitchell and his guides and how Wiradjuri culture lives on today through art and community engagement.
Yanhanha Murraway (Walking Together) painting
Activity: The Buckingbong to Birrego walk was a journey of healing for many of the participants. It inspired the painting above. You can read more in the Buckingbong to Birrego ebook on the Issue website.
There are different ways communities can remember and heal; ceremonies, monuments and events like this walk are a few examples. Do some research to see if you can you find other examples of healing or commemorative walks. Think about your local community. In what ways does your community remember and honour the past?
Balyan (bulrush root)
Activity: Investigate the balyan that Thomas Mitchell writes about in his journal. It is also known as bulrush plant or Typha. Find out where it grows and how Aboriginal people prepared it for eating. What other uses did this plant provide? These resources may help your research:
- Flora of Australia online
- 'Aboriginal plant use in south-eastern Australia' (PDF 1.7mb)
- From the Parks Australia website
- 'Bulrush bush tucker sheet' (PDF 1.6mb)
- From the Eurobodalla East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare website
- Traditional Aboriginal uses of Eurobodalla plants' (PDF 20.2kb)
- From the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens website
Activity: Watch the video, Our Mother Tongue: Wiradjuri on the ABC Open website. Why do you think it is important that Aboriginal languages continue to be learned and used? How many languages do you speak? What are they? What Aboriginal languages are spoken in the region where you live?