‘What is the REAL history of Aboriginal Victoria? And, what is REALLY happening within the Victorian Aboriginal population now’.
We are exposed to so much misinformation within the popular press that the question arises: how much do we really know about those who lived the land for centuries before Europeans arrived. For example, what is the Kulin Nation? Who are we paying our respects to when we refer to the Wurundjeri people? How did different groups relate to each other and the land? Do they still identify as these nations/tribes? What are they doing now to maintain the integrity of their identity? We have two authoritative speakers to address these and any other questions you may have:
Gary Presland has used his background as an archaeologist and historian to study Aboriginal history. He is the author of a number of excellent books including ‘First People’, ‘The Land of the Kulin’, ‘The Place for a Village: How Nature Has Shaped the City of Melbourne’, ‘For God's Sake Send the Trackers: A History of Queensland Trackers and Victoria Police’. (For those of you who may miss this night or would like to hear more from Gary, note his guided walk on page 3 of this newsletter).
Kat Clarke is a Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera with a diverse range of experience. She is an educator, has been involved in organising exhibitions of Aboriginal works, and earlier this month was involved in ‘Blak and Bright’, the first of an annual Aboriginal festival held in Melbourne.
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Note: Dates for future Speaker Nights: Tuesday, 31st April, Tuesday 26th July, Tuesday 27th September and Tuesday 22nd November.
Also: Have you tried REAL bush tucker before? Well, here’s your chance. We have a range of native foods to taste on the night.