Park re­cruits to guide visi­tors on area’s cul­ture

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Clare Kenyon

Two new Abo­rig­i­nal guides will lead a walk­ing tour next month, teach­ing peo­ple about the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of sites around Kar­lkurla Park.

Start­ing at the Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Mu­seum, the tour — held as part of NAIDOC Week — takes peo­ple around Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der with the aim of rais­ing cul­tural aware­ness.

Dur­ing the five-hour jour­ney, Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Ur­ban Land Care guides Dora Jones and War­wick Schegi will ex­plain the in­tri­cate un­der­stand­ing of the bush­land held by Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

Ms Jones, who has cul­tural links to the Ngaany­at­jarra and Pil­bara re­gion, said the tour was im­por­tant to keep Abo­rig­i­nal history alive.

“We take peo­ple around and teach them the mean­ing be­hind plants and what they could be used for such as bush medicine,” she said.

“Many peo­ple would just walk past it with­out re­al­is­ing its real mean­ing.”

Ms Jones said the plants lo­cal to the area from which she hailed had vastly dif­fer­ent mean­ings to those found in Kar­lkurla Park, which was another rea­son for the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand their sig­nif­i­cance.

Mr Schegi said it would be an in­ter­est­ing op­por­tu­nity for non­indige­nous peo­ple to learn some of the knowl­edge Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple have ac­cu­mu­lated over gen­er­a­tions.

“For in­stance, with Kur­ra­jong trees if you pull up the roots you will find wa­ter, so you can sur­vive out in the bush,” he said. High­lights of the tour also in­clude tast­ing freshly made damper, quan­dong jam, kan­ga­roo strew and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tra­di­tional danc­ing, songs and sto­ry­telling.

Free tick­ets for the NAIDOC cul­ture tour can be booked by call­ing Bush Blos­som Gallery on 0417 979 901, but num­bers are lim­ited.

NAIDOC Week, or­gan­ised by CHEAFS Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, kicks off on July 6 and is a cel­e­bra­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der History, cul­tural and achieve­ments.

Pic­ture: Louise White

Kim Eck­ert, Nick McBir­ney, Monika Dvo­rak, Jan­ice Kendall, Dora Jones, Sunny Nis­chal, Elvis Ed­wards and Mac Jensen, with Jan Hen­dren and War­wick Sceghi, front.

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