A Noongar Cultural Talk and Walk at Jidarup Bushland Precinct took place on Saturday 29 May as part of Reconciliation Week – ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’.
The Friends of Jidarup Bushland initiated the Noongar Cultural Walk and Talk as part of Reconciliation Week 2021 to provide the local community with a Aboriginal perspective on Kensington Bushland and its value to the Noongar People.
Seventy three local residents attended the talk and listened as Elder Roni Forrest as she spoke about the six seasons of Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. The rain fell steadily outside as we learned of the cold, wet season of Makuru.
Elder Simon Forrest spoke of many different aspects of Aboriginal culture and shared perspectives on behaviours and consequences, challenging us to rethink how we simplify stories of Dreamtime and its importance.
We learned about totems, of connections and responsibility of caring for country.
Klaus Backheuer and Vicki Caulfield from the Friends of Jidarup Bushland articulated their hope for further restoration at the Bushland and the hope to incorporate more traditional knowledge into their program.
Afterwards the audience shared morning tea and spoke with Elders Simon and Roni Forrest asking many questions and seeking more information.
Some participants who braved the rain and took the opportunity to follow a self-guided walk trail through the bushland were greeted by flocks of red-tailed black cockatoos.