An interesting and important book for everyone interested in learning more about Indigenous Australian’s connection to country is ‘Song Spirals ~ Sharing women’s wisdom of country through Songlines’. The book is by the Gay’wu Group of Women (dilly bag women’s group) which is made up of five Yolnu women of north east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, and three university associate professors who have helped to record the women’s stories in their own words. This book lets the reader in on the essence of Aboriginal people, told in their own words.
Always Was, Always Will Be.
These words recognise that First Nations people have lived and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years. It acknowledges their spiritual and cultural connection to the country and celebrates that Australia’s story didn’t begin with European arrivals and contact.
The season is open for collecting cockles at Goolwa Beach and whether you cook with them or use them for bait, it’s a heap of fun collecting your own. Cockle season starts from the 1st of November and goes through until the 31st of May each year. You can dig them out of the sand anywhere along the beach, parking in the beach carpark or at any number of places along this stretch of coast, then head down to the waterline with a bucket and a measure and you’re on your way. But for an even better experience you can’t beat jumping in the 4wd for a trek along the beach, finding a patch of sand all to yourself.
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On the way home from a recent trip to the outback and Flinders Ranges region of South Australia, we returned on the R M Williams Way, a major road in the mid north of the state, named in honour of Reginald Murray (R.M.) Williams. To most Australians this maker of iconic Australian bush clothing would need no introduction and this road bears his name because he was born in the town of Jamestown, which the route passes through.
There are a number of station stays you can try when travelling in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and Rawnsley Park Station is one I would recommend. Continue reading
A sign that greets you as enter the town of Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges, gives you the Adnyamathanha peoples original name for the location as Varratyalinha. The word means Dead Finish Splinter – dead finish is the plant species Acacia Tetragonophylla. Another theory is that the Nukunu people lived in this area and referred to it as ‘patajilnda’ meaning peppermint gum trees, but little is known of the traditional owners who were dispossessed of their country from 1849, and much of their language has been lost. Sadly this is all that is recorded for this particular area as any other connections to traditional or dreaming stories has been lost over time.