Kinship, clan, tribe and culture. First Nations Peoples systems.
'𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 - 𝗚𝘂𝗻𝗶 𝗡𝗴𝗮𝗺𝘂𝗿𝗿'
We First Nations People are intrinsically connected to country. It is our a part of our identity and heritage. When we hurt we go home on country to heal. But as a result of inter-generational trauma from colonisation and the cycles from dispossession, creating disparities from the a breakdown in our systems, families and communities, we sometimes cannot return home on country to heal. Sometimes we find our healing on country in other nations. Water is healing. It is nourishing. It fosters life. Amongst, many aspects it is reflective and allows you to sit and be in your feelings to then move forward. No matter which country we walk on the great spirit Baime and the ancestors watch over and guide us. Through my healing by the ocean of Gweagal, Bidjigal and Gadigal country my daughter chose me. It is where we met as Guni Ngamurr (mother daughter).
Yarning is a conversational process that involves the sharing of stories and the development of knowledge.
Yarning is still a common practice in contemporary society for mob. Family yarning circles can last for hours and go well into the night. It has organically developed into a technique used in the business world cross-culturally on matters relating to First Nations Peoples.
Aboriginal people have been undertaking traditional fire management for thousands of years. However, with colonisation and the removal of Aboriginal people from traditional lands, traditional burning ceased to be practiced on country during the hottest season creating large, uncontrolled wildfires.
Traditionally, Aboriginal people lit 'cool' fires, controlled burn-offs, in targeted areas. The fires then burn slowly, reduce fuel loads and create fire breaks resulting in burnt and unburnt country protecting country, our peoples and the eco-system.
Bagaay means 'river' in Gomeroi language. I was born by the Macintyre River and raised by the Gwydir and Peel River on Gomeroi country.
Aboriginal people depended on River Resources and often made camp on the banks of rivers. The river also has a spiritual connection for Aboriginal people and is a source of creation stories, such as; Boobera Lagoon, a water hole on the Macintyre River catchment known as the resting place of the spirit Garriya (the rainbow serpent).
In this piece you can see Garriya within the rivers he created.
Sugar and spice
and all things nice.
The story of The Three Sisters from Gundungurra country in the Blue Mountains and Lore. The Three Sisters is not a Dreamtime story from Gomeroi mob but was a teaching tool regarding Lore and what is forbidden.
We do not tell stories of other tribes dreaming as they do not belong to us.