The Gumbaynggirr dancers

Johns Cellpic Sunday

Last week I attended the NSW State Landcare Conference in Coffs Harbour, a city just south of my place. On the first day there was First Nations cultural awareness with some local Gumbaynggirr language “lessons”, a smoking ceremony, which is a welcome to Country and in the evening we were treated to some traditional singing and dancing from school students

The Gumbaynggirr peoples region also includes Grafton, my closest city. There was a map and my place is in an area which is a in two tribal areas, the Gumbaynggirr people and the Bundjalung people. This would be where they transversed the landscape looking for food in times of drought and also meeting places to trade goods.

A bit about Landcare

The many Landcare organisations throughout Australia with over 6,000 groups and 100,000+ volunteers with diverse projects that are focused on sustainable land management practices and environmental conservation and restoration.

This is the Landcare NSW page

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