In­dige­nous his­tory

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Sit­u­ated just out­side Port­land near the town­ship of Hey­wood is an an­cient in­dige­nous set­tle­ment that is more than 6600 years old. The Gun­ditj­mara cul­ture pre-dates the Egyp­tian Pyra­mids and Stone­henge and is Mecca for sci­en­tists and his­to­ri­ans who travel from across the world to re­search its eel traps and stone huts. The traps are proof of one of the old­est aqua­cul­ture sys­tems in the world. The in­dige­nous com­mu­nity was thought to have been no­madic but this ev­i­dence il­lus­trates that the Gun­ditj­mara lived per­ma­nently in the area, farm­ing and har­vest­ing eels and other marine life. And here’s a hot tip: It’s highly rec­om­mended you com­plete an on­site tour to get the full cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence from a lo­cal el­der.

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