Topics: Culture

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2009 - North Coastal - view

Growing recognition of Guringai Heritage by descendants in Guringai country. Many people of Indigenous descent are recognised by local councils. The 2009 chairperson since 2004 of the Guringai Link Aboriginal Corporation is Tracey Howie, a descendant of Sophie, Matora’s daughter and Charlotte Ashby, Bungaree’s grand daughter. Lynne Stewart is a descendant of Bungaree. Patsy Cohen is a descendant of Bungaree and Maria. Warren Whitfield is a descendant of Charlotte Ashby. Tracey Howie, Chairperson of the Guringai Link Aboriginal Corporation, explains the difficulty of demonstrating identity under the Native Title Act of NSW.
Tracey Howie: That’s another argument with Native Title in NSW. As we know. We, Sydney mob, we were the hardest hit. They came in and they either killed us, or they bred it out of us, or they disease-riddened us, and all of our culture, all of our language, everything was outlawed. It became illegal, and there are, that proof is still there of those laws that were brought in. So how can we, therefore, prove Native Title when, had our ancestors done that, [publicly identified themselves as Koori people we wouldn’t be alive today. So it contradicts it. Native Title Law contradicts itself. How can you do it? You can’t. I’d like to you know, elaborate, you know, when people say ‘the Stolen Generations’, it’s not taking anything away from the people who were removed from their families, but it goes deeper than just being the removal of a person, of a body. It was the removal of our culture the removal of our song, the removal of our dance, our language. Everything. It was all stolen. Not just the children. Everything was stolen.

2009 - North Coastal - view

On the Central coast and near Wyong, The families continue to meet every year for Christmas at Patonga Camping ground, near where Bungaree was born. Women remember old customs like jumping naked in the river on New Year’s night. No men allowed! They remember being told about the last corroboree at Chittawai Point on Central Coast. They know where there are five sacred sites. Tracey Howie says “Our concepts of traditional custodianship are that we didn’t inherit anything, it is our job to protect the land, we are borrowing it for our children”

2009 - North Coastal - view

Now in its ninth year, the Guringai Festival celebrates Aboriginal culture and heritage, honouring the traditional homelands of the Guringai people. It aims to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region and involves ten councils. Festival events include guided tours of Aboriginal sites, bushwalks, exhibitions and screenings. The Festival coincides with the International Year of Astronomy enabling Koories to participate with many Dreaming stories about the relationship between ancestral beings, the sun, moon, stars and planets.

2009 - North Coastal - view

Memorandum of Understanding is signed between The Northern Beaches Aboriginal Education Consultative Committee and the NSW Dept of Community and Aged Care to put in place strategy for caring for aged Aboriginal people in area. This was carried out at a Community Consultation meeting at Ingleside with a smoking ceremony by Les de Jong.

2010 - North West - view

Aboriginal cultural revival movement

2010 - North West - view

a possum skin cloak along the lines of the “Hunter River Cloak”

2010 - Central - view

story of the warrior’s death

2010 - South Coastal - view

story of the warrior’s death

2011 - North West - view

Reinvigoration of possum skin cloak making

2011 - North West - view

Cultural and Community Centre Consultation Workshops

2011 - North West - view

Gorri and Kool-chee Kool-chee

2011 - Central - view

'Wrapped in a Possum Skin Cloak by the Lake'

2011 - Central - view

Aboriginal archaeology and heritage

2011 - Central - view

Keeping Place Aboriginal Art collection

2011 - Central - view

Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival

2012 - South Coastal - view

Sorry Day

2012 - South Coastal - view

Reconciliation Week

2012 - South Coastal - view

1967 Referendum

2012 - South Coastal - view

Mabo

2012 - South Coastal - view

NAIDOC week