Understanding Country: A cultural awareness workshop held for the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee

Apr 06, 2017

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 On Wednesday the 29th of March, 17 people participated in the 'Understanding Country' workshop held at Garapine Education, Recreation and Events venue south of Gympie.  Gubbi Gubbi Man, and cultural educator Lyndon Davis welcomed the group, and provided an insightful exploration of Gubbi Gubbi culture and cultural values specific to the area. 

Lyndon demonstrated a depth of knowledge including seasonal bio-indicators and connections through language that all the participants learned from and valued.  Butchulla Elder, Glen Miller, led discussion about the history of Traditional Owners' assertion of their rights and responsibilities regarding looking after country.  Concepts that were explored included: the different cultural perspectives of land 'ownership' and title; defining 'Country' and exploring the different cultural connections people have with Country; and how western legal and policy instruments relate to these concepts. 

The afternoon session covered the history of Cultural heritage legislation in Queensland, the different forms of cultural heritage; and discussion about compliance with the Act, and moving beyond compliance through collaborative NRM between Traditional Owners and NMR/land management stakeholders.  Thanks to all the participants who braved the wet conditions, and a special thanks to both Lyndon and Glen for sharing their knowledge with the group.



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