Meal, campfire helps connect to land
A BOYUP Brook farmer says the simple act of sharing a meal and a yarn or two around a campfire has helped him feel more connected to his community and land.
Louis Verheggen hosted 45 to 50 people including Aboriginal elders and families at his Wandoo Springs property on August 19.
The idea for the event came about through a Landmark Education personal development course.
Here Mr Verheggen got to know Bunbury-based Yamatji woman Del Schwarze.
She suggested a gathering where Aboriginal and people of other ethnicities could tell yarns and connect to each other and the land. He said Donnybrook man Karim Khan, who has Aboriginal and Indian heritage, was part of the group and opened his eyes to the value of native plants such as a small potato-like tuber.
“We dug it up and he said, ‘you get enough of these and it makes a feed’,” Mr Verheggen said.
“And I just became conscious of the fact that I’d been walking past these things for 19 years and if it’s not a European species, I don’t really recognise what it is.”
Ms Schwarze said the group included locals and people from Margaret River, Perth and Pingelly.
She said they shared a meal, a laugh and talked about cultural matters including tool making.
Kangaroo tail stew and damper were on the menu along with dessert.
People shared a meal of roo tail stew and swapped stories at Louis Verheggen’s Wandoo Springs property last month.