“KAYA WANJOO MOODITCH NYOONGAR BOODJA”
Hello and Welcome to Wonderful Nyoongar Country.
Experience the World’s oldest living culture dating back 60,000 years. Step into the Dreamtime, learn about ancient dreaming stories and join in a yarning circle. Be guided on an ancient Dreaming Trail bush walk in Dwellingup, Western Australia, while learning about traditional hunting.
Join our Aboriginal Cultural Tours and experience Nyoongar culture and history. Discover traditional ways of reading the land and join in sand-mapping.
Learn about Nyoongar bush medicinal plants, native foods, and see traditional fire making while viewing a traditional smoking ceremony.
Listen to the didgeridoo being played and join Maitland in painting on country and learn to paint artworks Nyoongar style.
INDIGENOUS Cultural Tours
We will show you traditional fishing techniques and discuss the Nyoongar Six Seasons.
ARTWORK Aboriginal Artist
Art Class on Country with Aboriginal painting tuition in traditional Nyoongar
style, set in beautiful bush surroundings.
Be immersed in a bush setting with
a gentle stroll for artistic inspiration with Maitland.
ARTEFACTS Traditional Tools and Instruments
Learn about traditional fishing techniques, bush soap, traditional artefacts demonstration, didgeridoo playing, boomerangs, Mar Midi – fire stick, sand mapping – ancient Aboriginal symbols – and bush rope making.
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Indigenous Australian Elders to welcome visitors to their traditional land. It can take many forms, including singing, dancing, smoke ceremonies or a speech, depending on the particular culture of the Traditional Owners.
An Acknowledgement of Country involves visitors acknowledging the original Indigenous custodians of the land and their long and continuing relationship with their Country. It’s a way of showing awareness of and respect for the original Indigenous custodians of the land on which an event is being held.
A smoking ceremony is an ancient aboriginal custom in Australia that involves burning various native plants to produce smoke. The smoke has cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits from the people and the land and make a pathway for a brighter future.
Certain traditional smoking ceremonies are also believed to be used for positive therapeutic outcomes dependant on what plants are available from region to region.
When you see a smoking ceremony happening, it is a gift from the aboriginal people to all people in Australia so make sure you go to the smoke and wave it over you and cleanse the past for a better future.