Gumbayngirr celebrations, Gaagal Wanggaan National Park,

Gumbayngirr celebrations, Gaagal Wanggaan National Park,

More land has been added to Gaagal Wanggaan National Park, the peninsula behind Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head. It is Aboriginal land leased back to NSW NPWS. We went on a canoe tour with Mark Flanders and Michael Jarrett who explained bush tucker, wattle soap and stories from the river, Warell Creek. 27 April, 2013

Michael ‘Micklo’ Jarrett showing Wyn the wattle leaf soap

Warrell Creek canoing1_sm Warrel Creek by canoe


Uncle Martin & Gumbaynggirr dancer
Uncle Martin Ballangarry, a Gumbaynggirr Elder

Uncle Martin led the dancing troupe in and it made him proud. The last initiation with dance was back in 1935 in this southern area of Gumbayggirr country. He has a great sense of humour, and encouraged people to take photographs of the dancers posing. He said that this country was clapstick country, the Gumbaynggirr didn’t use the didgeridoo.

Gumbaynggirr dancers posing

Raising the flag, Scotts Head



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