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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biripi man Benn Stewart is working to revitalise the Gathang language
Biripi man Benn Stewart is part of an effort to revitalise the Gathang language spoken by the Biripi and Worimi peoples on the Mid North Coast of NSW. He works with both young people and Elders who are reclaiming language that was taken from them.
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!