Heritage of bush medicine

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

VIVI­ENNE Hansen be­lieves young Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple should have an un­der­stand­ing of bush medicine.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to learn about their heritage and have Noon­gar knowl­edge,” she said.

“It strength­ens their spirit and their pride.”

The Noon­gar Elder, who has writ­ten a book on the sub­ject, led a bush medicine walk with her hus­band Mor­ton at the Kens­ing­ton Bushland dur­ing Naidoc Week on June 28 with stu­dents from Kent Street Se­nior High School, Sevenoaks Col­lege and Millen Pri­mary School.

The pro­ject, which in­cludes a tree-plant­ing ini­tia­tive, was run by the Town of Vic­to­ria Park with Friends of Kens­ing­ton Bushland.

“I think it’s great that the Town of Vic­to­ria Park put the event on and has a pol­icy of in­clu­sion for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple,” Ms Hansen said.

“My in­ter­est in bush medicine came from my fam­ily.

“We used to go walk­ing in the bush with my un­cle and aun­tie look­ing for berries and tak­ing the su­gar off flow­ers.

“I went to Marr Mood­itj Train­ing and com­pleted my Cer­tifi­cate IV in Bush and Western Herbal Medicine and I joined the Na­tional Her­bal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia.

“When I was study­ing, I no­ticed all of the in­for­ma­tion was writ­ten about plants out­side of the Noon­gar coun­try.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470874

From left: Tyson Kelly, Teisharn Law­son, Mor­ton Hansen, Lahkita Ri­ley-Eades, Vivi­enne Hansen and Kim Humphries.

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