Whale Festival

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Celebrate the connection between Aboriginal culture and whale migration

On the Vaucluse Estate there is a series of distinctive ceremonial engravings, carved thousands of years ago, which depict the migration of whales. The engravings tell a story of Aboriginal connection to country and the whale migration signifies revitalisation and birth of a new generation.

The Whale Festival invites visitors to share and preserve this history through the tradition of stories, dance and ceremony. Gorawarl Jerrawongarla woman Aunty Julie Freeman will lead a welcome ceremony and Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison will conduct a smoking ceremony, which will be followed by performances from Ngaran Nagaran and Djaadjawan Dancers.

You can help create a collective shell artwork with Aunty Phyliss, and Fred’s Bush Tucker Cultural Cook Up will be serving up ‘pot luck’ seafood stew for sale. Grab a coffee, tea or hot chocolate from the Koffee Clan while you’re there.

By: Emma Joyce

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