Park recruits to guide visitors on area’s culture
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.
Kim Eckert, Nick McBirney, Monika Dvorak, Janice Kendall, Dora Jones, Sunny Nischal, Elvis Edwards and Mac Jensen, with Jan Hendren and Warwick Sceghi, front.