Conversations and Collaboration on Country at the KMAC Cultural Day

Recently our Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program team attended Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporations Cultural Day in Wedge Island!

Kane, Priscilla, Cynthia, and Taj joined the event with individuals from coast care groups, land care groups, Aboriginal corporations, and many others who share a passion for conservation in the Northern Agricultural Region.

The day commenced with an inspiring Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony from Elders Mr. Charlie Shaw and Mr. Neville Collard assisted by KMAC Ranger Kane Shaw. The Welcomes were accompanied by lovely music played on Didgeridoo by Kane and his dad Glenn.

Traditional artifacts such as tools and weapons were displayed alongside signage developed to educate visitors about the cultural history and importance of the area.

Kane took groups of people out on Country for a tour discussing cultural protocols and artifacts, and demonstrating the use of different tools used in traditional food preparation. Caleb then displayed the bush foods giving detailed explanations on how everything would be prepared traditionally and eaten.

The morning tea and lunch were prepared with bushfoods as well by Yued Traditional Owner Deborah Nannup. Fish, Kangaroo tails, damper, cakes, and sweets containing bushfoods were just some of the delicious foods that we were treated to.  

The wet weather could not dampen a great day and display of Aboriginal culture. We give great thanks to the KMAC crew for inviting us and we look forward to the next one.

This project is supported through funding from the Australian Governments National Indigenous Australians Agency. 

Taj Mamid – Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program Administration Support Officer

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