In this series, we unpack traditional practices, sacred sites and historic ways of living that are common amongst our First Nations peoples within the states Communicare and White Ribbon Australia operates in.
For the people of Wurundjeri, the natural land is also a cultural one. There is a special interest to preserve these landscapes as it represents a significant to the connection to the earth, its natural habitats and ecological systems.
One famous Indigenous site in Wurundjeri is the Grampians National Park.
Traditionally known as Gariwerd, the Grampians played a central role in the Dreaming of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali peoples. Today, it still serves as an important link connecting Aboriginal people today to their ancestors and development through history.
Cave paintings (rock art) have been a widespread practice in many Indigenous countries and to this day, 80% of the rock art can be found at this site alone dating back 1,000-22,000 years old!
Aboriginal rock art is one of the few pre-contact traces from Australia's First Nations peoples. It has left occupiers of this country with a valuable glimpse of the aesthetics, psychology and spirituality behind the original artists and their cultures.
Sadly, rock paintings are prone to natural erosion due to a lack of conservation, but there are actions we can informed about to effectively preserve this part of Australia's natural history.
For example, when visiting Indigenous where rock art is located, avoid touching and rubbing the paintings. Although it might be tempting, stick to boardwalks and handrails whenever possible.
When you see vandalism, report it. Local rangers rely on everyday people like us to inform them. You can also raise awareness by supporting community funds and groups who work to protect artefacts such as these.
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