Wadandi cul­ture wows

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

More than 80 res­i­dents em­braced the chance to learn more about Wadandi cul­ture last week­end as part of a cul­tural pad­dle up the Mar­garet River. Pic­tured are Zac Webb and Surfrider’s Tracey Muir.

Surfrider Foun­da­tion Mar­garet River hosted a cul­tural pad­dle up the Mar­garet River with Wadandi tra­di­tional landown­ers on Satur­day.

More than 80 par­tic­i­pants across four ses­sions took the jour­ney from the river mouth to a sa­cred area, where tra­di­tional cus­to­di­ans Wayne and Zac Webb told Dream­time sto­ries about the re­gion.

Par­tic­i­pants learnt about the sig­nif­i­cance of lo­cal caves, the cre­ation of the Mar­garet River, and the mean­ing be­hind the names of beaches and land­marks of the area.

Zac Webb said he was happy to see so many com­mu­nity mem­bers and chil­dren en­gaged.

“This land is for all of us,” he said. “The chil­dren, the women and the men. You are all cus­to­di­ans of this land and it’s up to us to pass on the sig­nif­i­cance and cul­ture of our land for our next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers.”

Shire pres­i­dent Pam Townsend said she was grate­ful for the in­vi­ta­tion.

“Their sto­ries hit me in the heart and I felt poorer for the fact I didn’t al­ways feel that con­nec­tion to coun­try,” she said.

“I will now vow to al­ways con­nect with coun­try at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

Surfrider Foun­da­tion’s Tracey Muir thanked the Webbs for their time and the Josh Palmateer Surf School for the use of ca­noes, kayaks and safety equip­ment.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Pic­tures: Therese Col­man

Meg Bar­ling, 11, and sib­lings Tilly, 9 and Al­fie Done­gan, 12.

Josh Palmateer, Che­nee Tharpe, Kim Shaw and Gail Brad­shaw.

Par­tic­i­pants pad­dled and heard sto­ries from the Wadandi tra­di­tional own­ers.

Sarah and Si­mon Done­gan.

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