A hardy and colourful Braidwood crowd gathered at the Dhurga Rock in Ryrie Park on Sunday 9th July, for a local celebration of NAIDOC Week.
With the 2017 NAIDOC theme of “Our language matters” we discussed aspects of the local Dhurga language and its importance in keeping Aboriginal culture alive, and in connecting all of us to the stories of this land where we live. Lists of Dhurga words with pronunciation guides were available, and some of us vowed to learn one word at a time.
We greeted each other on arrival and departure with “walawaani”, which we understand to mean “hope you had a good journey here” and also “hope you have a good journey home”
A “gurimbaga” (magpie) was there to greet us, a custodian of the Rock?
We also enjoyed sumptuous and warming Braidwood food at the shared picnic.
It’s very likely there will be future sessions of “Yarning at the Rock, so watch this space.
The Dhurga Rock is in place to encourage gatherings and conversations such as took place on Sunday.