9 episodes

A series of stories of place, culture and being, shared by Elders of the Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi nations from the Mid North Coast of NSW.

Conversations on Country SBS Audio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

A series of stories of place, culture and being, shared by Elders of the Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi nations from the Mid North Coast of NSW.

    Unfinished Business: Aunty Rhonda Radley reflects on the Blackmans Point massacre

    Unfinished Business: Aunty Rhonda Radley reflects on the Blackmans Point massacre

    Birpai people have long shared the oral history of a massacre at Blackmans Point near Port Macquarie in 1826. Around 300 men, women and children were killed but the event was never officially recognised. Aunty Rhonda Radley is a proud Birpai Dunghutti woman born in Port Macquarie. She shares the story and reflects on its continuing impact.

    • 9 min
    Uncle Michael Jarrett: 'Gumbaynggirr people believe that everything is connected'

    Uncle Michael Jarrett: 'Gumbaynggirr people believe that everything is connected'

    Uncle Michael Jarrett is a proud Gumbaynggirr Elder living in Nambucca Heads on the Mid North Coast of NSW. He explains how the central relationship between land, people and the living world is both spiritual and practical.

    • 10 min
    Aunty Margaret Beaven: My Journey

    Aunty Margaret Beaven: My Journey

    Aunty Margaret Beaven is a proud Worimi Elder from Karuah who was separated from her siblings as part of the Stolen Generations. She shares the story of finding her brother and sisters.

    • 13 min
    Nancy Pattison & Aunty Cheryl Blair's connection to Country is strong and ongoing

    Nancy Pattison & Aunty Cheryl Blair's connection to Country is strong and ongoing

    Nancy and Aunty Cheryl are proud Dunghutti women from South West Rocks on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Their deep connection to country is continuing, particularly sea country around South West Rocks and Smokey Cape beach.

    • 13 min
    Uncle John and Uncle Fred Kelly on passing on Dunghutti culture to younger generations

    Uncle John and Uncle Fred Kelly on passing on Dunghutti culture to younger generations

    Uncle John Kelly and Uncle Fred Kelly are two proud Dunghutti Elders from Kempsey on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Known as the Sunrise people, Dunghutti people believe in having a strong mind and a strong body, but most importantly a strong spirit. They're working to pass Dunghutti spirituality and culture on to the next generation.

    • 12 min
    Gumbaynggirr Elder Aunty Sue Hoskins on growing up at Ferguson's Cottage

    Gumbaynggirr Elder Aunty Sue Hoskins on growing up at Ferguson's Cottage

    Aunty Sue Hoskins (nee Ferguson) is a proud Gumbaynggirr Elder living in Coffs Harbour. In this episode of Conversations on Country she tells her story of growing up at Ferguson's Cottage, now recognised as a local landmark.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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Gathang Language

I loved listening to Ben talk about his experience with his culture and language. I am a white person in my 30s on Kaurna land, and I 100% wish we learned Aboriginal language and more about country and culture at school. I can already see that there is a difference between my education in the 90s/2000s and my nephew’s education now, and I think we are moving more towards the right direction. I love how you said the Aboriginal kids are so proud and happy when they speak their language! I hope we see more and more of this in the future! Loved the podcast! Keep up the good work!

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