2019 NAIDOC Week Busselton | Undalup Association host cultural workshops

Undalup Association chairman Iszaac Webb and cultural custodian Wayne Webb will host workshops during NAIDOC Week. To find out more visit the Undalup Facebook page or their website undalup.com.
Undalup Association chairman Iszaac Webb and cultural custodian Wayne Webb will host workshops during NAIDOC Week. To find out more visit the Undalup Facebook page or their website undalup.com.

Voice, treaty, truth is the theme for this year's NAIDOC Week which celebrates Aboriginal and Islander culture throughout Australia from July 7 until July 14.

Undalup Association chairman Iszaac Webb said they would hold a number of events and workshops across the region throughout NAIDOC Week to get people onto country.

Mr Webb said through the workshops people could learn about their local areas, place names and how they fitted into the geography and geothermology of the land.

"It is what is known to us as song lines, people will be able to experience that and get a deeper understanding and connection to the region they live in," he said

"Song lines are written into country, it is what we experience in the South-West, the 'up' meaning 'place of' and the descriptive word in front of it.

"I liken song lines to a GPS unit, you create a waypoint with the GPS unit then walk a track to create another waypoint.

"If you need to find your way back to the original waypoint you use the GPS unit to find your way back.

"Aboriginal people use landscapes and features of river ways which are our pathways, we use them to go back into inland areas.

"You sung about the different places and how they connected areas.

"The names of places are written into song lines, if you wanted to get to Perth or Mandjooogoordap (Mandurah) we would sing when we left from Undalup (Busselton), then to Wonnerup (the place of the women's law stick) and up to Gelorup (the place of the bee).

"Then to Bunbury and up to Mandjoogoordap, you sung that song line, you sung about the different places and how they connected areas."

During NAIDOC Week people could also get a taste of bush tuckers and produce used in past times such as kangaroo cloaks.

"They were basically ancient, old-school Driza-bones."

Mr Webb said the Noongar season now was Makuru (June and July). It was time when the rivers filled up and when people moved into forest areas like the Tuart Forest and back of Boodjidup.

"People would move into areas where the cold winds would be reduced by the trees, we could camp within the shelter of those trees, which provided extra shelter from the rain and elements.

"We were able to live back off the river and water systems while all the gilgies, marron and fresh water crayfish come back."

On Saturday July 13, the Undalup Association will host a Family Fun Day at the community hall on High Street in Busselton where everyone in the community could celebrate the festival.

The Family Fun Day will have lots of activities, cultural entertainment and children's workshops with participants showcasing their talent to the audience.

This year Healthway has sponsored Undalup's NAIDOC Week events which encourage everyone to Act, Belong and Commit.

To find out more about the events being held please visit the Undalup Facebook page or undalup.com.