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Cultural awareness tour and native food lunch – Googong Township

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Yerradhang Nguru - Gumnut Playground

Googong, NSW 2620

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Join Ngunawal Traditional Custodian Tyronne Bell, Yurbay's Adam Shipp and Molonglo Catchment Group's Dr Karen Williams on a guided tour around Googong Township followed by a delicious native food lunch.

The tour will include a 1 hour walk and talk includinng Aboriginal interpretation of the landscape; artefacts/stone tools and their traditional uses; panoramic views from Googong foreshores; information about Landcare opportunities; what to look out for when doing environmental volunteering in the area including legal requirements. Following the walk, you will be introduced to a number of local native food and medicine plants of the region, showcasing local native flavours in a lunch for all to enjoy.

Event open to Googong Township residents only. Not for children under 10. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

Full colour copies of Ngunnawal Plant Use: A traditional Aboriginal plant use guide for the ACT region field guide will be available for purchase on the day for $22.

  • Tyronne Bell is a Ngunawal descendant who grew up in Yass, learning traditional culture from his father Don Bell (senior). Challenging early experiences helped shape his lifelong passion for the advancement of Aboriginal issues. Tyronne has become a strong advocate for the recognition of Aboriginal culture and language, in particular the culture and language of the Ngunawal people.
  • Adam Shipp of Yurbay is a Wiradjuri man who's father's family originates from the Dubbo region of NSW. Adam is passionate about traditional Aboriginal plant use and how his people have utilised local plant life for food, medicine and fibre for thousands of years.
  • Dr Karen Williams works with people and environment to adapt and develop innovative ways of integrating natural resource management, social history, community history, community (cultural) development, and the visual arts. Karen uses specific skills—as author, scholar, researcher and artist—to initiate the creative interaction of environment, culture and social inclusion. Her current work builds on her doctoral thesis, which provided a conceptual framework which recognises situated ways of knowing and liberating subjugated knowledges, particularly at the interface between Indigenous cultures of industrialised countries. The framework develops sustainability and education initiatives, integrating economic, socio-cultural and environmental considerations to bridge between scientific and traditional Aboriginal knowledge.

MCG works closely with local Aboriginal people to raise awareness of local culture by helping them share their knowledge with the wider community.

Aboriginal knowledge holders and their communities have a responsibility to look after Aboriginal knowledge, apply it respectfully and ensure it is shared in accordance with cultural law. Often this requires that the knowledge is only disclosed to specific individuals within a community but is otherwise secret knowledge that is not intended to be in the public domain. This has now also been reflected in a number of international legal instruments.

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