The first week in September saw five young people participate in an overnight cultural immersion experience with Central Grampians LLEN staff and Blake and ‘Rooney’ from the Brambuk Cultural Centre.
The two-day experience gave the young people insight into indigenous history and local culture across the Gariwerd region. They were guided to local indigenous rock art sites Ngamadjidj at Mount Stapleton and Gulgurm Manja at Hollow Mountain. Although there is some written history on the signs, the young people were given a special cultural insight as they learnt about the oral history of rock art in the region. They also visited Lake Lonsdale where they were shown indigenous remnants and artifacts of old burial grounds. Around the Lake Lonsdale area they were shown a scarred tree, from which indigenous groups carved a canoe. They also wandered the grand canyon loop in Halls Gap and explored the cultural landscape. Blake from the Brambuk Culture Centre and Aaron “Rooney” Grambeau guided the young people on these bush walks.
In addition to travelling through the local area, the young people were also shown a bit of café life. They learnt about starting a day working in a café, cooking skills and tasting local bush foods including Australian meats like emu and kangaroo.
Central Grampians LLEN was excited to partner with the Brambuk Cultural Centre to offer this valuable, unique and interesting experience for young people in our region. A special thanks to Blake and Rooney from the Brambuk Cultural Centre and for their wealth of information and their willingness to share it with us all.