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CULTURE AND HERITAGE


The Kuri dance painted by George French Angas, South Australia, 1846.  Reproduced courtesy of the State Library of South Australia

DREAMING AND CREATION STORIES

Ngadjuri Dreaming and Creation stories have been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. These stories connect Ngadjuri people to their ancestors, land, waters, moon, sky and stars.  Ngadjuri stories teach us about history, lore, traditions and help children learn important aspects of Country, such as where to find water and what dangers to avoid.  Oral histories are equally important today in teaching and maintaining culture, as well as enriching our understanding of history.

 
CEREMONY AND PERFORMANCE
Ceremony and performance are an important part of who we are as Ngadjuri people. We share and teach the next generation and follow in our ancestor's footsteps.


ROCK ENGRAVINGS - BURRIAL GROUNDS - CULTURAL LOCATIONS AND HERITAGE
A vast and sophisticated communication system, one which some archaeologists suggest may represent one of the oldest communication systems on earth, is engraved on the rock surfaces of Ngadjuri Country.  We consider this to be a vast encyclopaedia of knowledge left by our ancestors.  Rock engravings and paintings, material cultural (including stone artefacts and other materials with evidence of human use), burial grounds, cultural sites and all heritage in general including the locations with which they are associated are important to Ngadjuri people.  These material and intangible remains form the Ngadjuri cultural landscape, which has been cared for and treasured by past and current generations of Ngadjuri people, as it will be generations yet to come.


ABORIGINAL HERITAGE SITE SURVEYS
For proposed land developments on Ngadjuri Country please contact the Ngadjuri Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

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