Connecting Cultures

Published 24 Nov 2014 
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Bill Gammage's 'The Biggest Estate on Earth'<br/>We were privileged to have ANU's Professor Bill Gammage as keynote presenter for the day Bill Gammage's 'The Biggest Estate on Earth'
We were privileged to have ANU's Professor Bill Gammage as keynote presenter for the day
Toolmaking<br/>Local Noongar artefact expert Larry Blight demonstrates Toolmaking
Local Noongar artefact expert Larry Blight demonstrates
Bush Tucker display and tasting <br/>With Noongar elders Lynette Knapp (front) and Carol Petterson  Bush Tucker display and tasting
With Noongar elders Lynette Knapp (front) and Carol Petterson
Bush Tucker for Morning Tea!<br/>The Porongurup ladies' bush tucker morning tea was mouth-watering Bush Tucker for Morning Tea!
The Porongurup ladies' bush tucker morning tea was mouth-watering

Last Friday the Friends of the Porongurup Range, close colleagues of ours in the Gondwana Link project, ran a wonderful cultural day entitled 'Past and Present: Connecting Cultures' in conjunction with South Coast Natural Resource Management.

The morning saw participants engaged in a range of activities on the Friends' Twin Creeks Reserve. Highlight of the afternoon session indoors at nearby Karriview was a keynote address by Australian National University's Professor Bill Gammage on the subject of his 2012 book 'The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia'.

Local women Sylvia Leighton and Alison Lulfitz, both of whom grew up on farms in our Fitz-Stirling patch, and now working for Department of Parks and Wildlife and with Prof Steve Hopper on a PhD on Noongar influence on plant distribution on the South Coast respectively, contributed complementary stories of Wadjela connection with history and country in the region.

We rounded out the day with a lively panel discussion I facilitated with Bill, local conservation hero Peter Luscombe, and Noongar elder Treasy Woods.  We all earned the glass of fine Porongurup wine we were treated to at day's end!

Bill Gammage's 'The Biggest Estate on Earth'<br/>We were privileged to have ANU's Professor Bill Gammage as keynote presenter for the day Bill Gammage's 'The Biggest Estate on Earth'
We were privileged to have ANU's Professor Bill Gammage as keynote presenter for the day
Toolmaking<br/>Local Noongar artefact expert Larry Blight demonstrates Toolmaking
Local Noongar artefact expert Larry Blight demonstrates
Bush Tucker display and tasting <br/>With Noongar elders Lynette Knapp (front) and Carol Petterson  Bush Tucker display and tasting
With Noongar elders Lynette Knapp (front) and Carol Petterson
Bush Tucker for Morning Tea!<br/>The Porongurup ladies' bush tucker morning tea was mouth-watering Bush Tucker for Morning Tea!
The Porongurup ladies' bush tucker morning tea was mouth-watering