This program involved two visits to Wulgunngo Ngalu at Won Wron. Our Nation’s totem is “Bunjil” the Eagle. Gunditjmara means ‘belonging to person’ and the Gunditjmara Nation shares its borders to the west with the Buandig people, to the north with the Jardiwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, and to the east with the Kirrae Whurrong. They lived in large villages constructed of stone huts and harvested eels and fish in a sophisticated network of weirs and traps, dated to at least 6600 years ago. Our aim is to maintain Aboriginal decision-making and community-driven programs that empower and give voice to the Aboriginal Community. The 2017 totem pole project is part of the Year 11 Applied Learning Program – Social Diversity Unit -where students have been learning about indigenous cultures with the men from Wulgunngo Ngalu Learning Place. Their most significant use of the leaves was for weaving. Yarram Secondary College is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K). Biaime the Rainbow Serpent is a fairly universal Aboriginal creator spirit across Australia. The students were taught how to remove and peel off the bark from the poles using a hand axe. They are the traditional owners of the areas now encompassing Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Woolsthorpe and Portland. Traditional markings of the Aboriginal Koories are parallel line work including zigzag and diamonds. Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative provides holistic health and community-based services in the Warrnambool and surrounding areas. All Rights Reserved. Bunjil the wedge tail Eagle is a creator spirit for many Aboriginal language groups including the Wurundjerri from Melbourne, one of the Kulin Nation. After lunch the students and men participated in a hands-on workshop to prepare the Yellow Stringybark totem poles for wood carving. Traditional markings of the Aboriginal Koories are parallel line work including zigzag and diamonds. Over the next few months the poles were cured; totem outlines were sketched, then carved onto the hardwood poles using hand tools and an electric wood carver. © 2017 Yarram Secondary College. Badja Bayaderra the long neck turtle is a totem of the Yorta Yorta people, central top of Victoria. It has helped connect and challenge both students and volunteers in an outdoor environment – where problem solving and team work are essential. On the first visit we had a Welcome to Country with a traditional smoking-ceremony and didgeridoo playing, followed by a tour of the centre, story-telling and dancing. Gunditjmara means ‘belonging to person’ The Gunditjmara Nation shares its borders to the west with the Buandig people, to the north with the Jardiwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, and to the east with the Kirrae Whurrong. The final stages involved painting the individual totems and symbols with ochre in the colours of the Aboriginal flag -red, black and yellow. They are also a symbol of the positive community partnerships which have been fostered during the two-year development of the native garden, where students, staff and volunteers have put in hundreds of work hours. Children assumed mothers moiety of Grugidj (white cockatoo) or Gabadj (black cockatoo) and each were given a totem People were buried on clan lands at their place of birth or sometimes cremated As Elder Euphemia Day recalls (Member of the Gunditjmara tribe): Within each moiety each person also belongs to one of seven or eight other totems, including emu, boa snake, pelican, crow and bat. Biaime the Rainbow Serpent is a fairly universal Aboriginal creator spirit across Australia. Totems are often animals or plants and are an important part of the spiritual relationship indigenous people have with the land, animals and plants. After many hours of hard work, three hand carved and painted totem poles now take pride of place in the Richmond Football Club Landcare Garden at Yarram Secondary College. The Gunditjmara are the Indigenous people of this part of south- western Victoria, Australia. The Dhauwurd Wurrung, also known as the Gunditjmara or Gunditjamara, are an Aboriginal Australian people of southwestern Victoria. Website by Loud Mountain, Totems Poles at the Richmond Football Club Landcare Garden. The Gunditjmara people ground the seeds for use in making damper. The first of the Gunnai/Kurnai people were Boorun, the Pelican man and Tuk, the Musk Duck Woman. In this landscape, more than 30 000 years ago the Gunditjmara witnessed an important creation being, reveal himself in the landscape. Gabadj the Black Cockatoo is a totem of the Gunditjmara people, South West Victoria. Gugaa the Goanna is an important totem of the Wiradjuri, central NSW. Individual totems and symbols were selected to represent the cultural diversity amongst the indigenous participants. In Gunditjmara culture we have two totemic moieties, the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and the white Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Budj Bim (known today as Mount Eccles) is the source of an immense lava flow which transformed the landscape. We have created an important wildlife corridor by restoring local habitat using indigenous plants. Each family and individual belongs to either the black or white cockatoo moiety. The Gunditjmara people (of Western Victoria) are considered unique in Australia. There are also lots of frogs living there as well now,” said Samantha Monks volunteer and school parent. The poles represent some of the totems and traditional markings of the Koorie people of South East Australia. Boorun the Pelican is a totem of the Gunnai/Kurnai. “The school garden has become an important learning space for the local community. Our Nation’s totem is “Bunjil” the Eagle. The long, flat, fibrous leaves were used for making baskets, mats and eel traps which were an important part of daily life. Over 20 species of birds have been counted in the garden during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count for BirdLife Australia. For further information refer to study.vic.gov.au. Gabadj the Black Cockatoo is a totem of the Gunditjmara people, South West Victoria. Their land …

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