Itineraries & Trails

Aboriginal stories - Karuah / Worimi

The dam dog legend

It is always worth being home in time for dinner if you’re in Karuah. Returning late, in the dark, means that you might encounter the Dam Dog! Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Dave Feeney describes the Dam Dog and its role in ensuring members of Karuah’s Aboriginal community return home in time for dinner. There are directions at the bus bay in Little Gibber so you can visit the middens. Little Gibber, visit an Aboriginal site that has been significant to the Worimi people for over 4000 years.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to CEO Dave Feeney for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Mission toy

Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Dave Feeney describes how kids growing up on the Mission had to use their resourcefulness to make toys and entertain themselves. A classic toy used by many Aboriginal communities on the Mid North Coast was the milo tin roller. This story highlights the continual resourcefulness of Aboriginal people. There are directions at the bus bay in Little Gibber so you can visit the middens. Little Gibber, visit an Aboriginal site that has been significant to the Worimi people for over 4000 years.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to CEO Dave Feeney for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Karuah Mission

Missions are an important aspect of Australia’s history and modern society. Missions are places where Aboriginal people were forced to live by government authorities, usually on the outskirts of town. Today, they form a sense of pride and happiness for many Aboriginal people. Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Dave Feeney shares some history on the Karuah Mission.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to CEO Dave Feeney for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Traditional kitchen

Middens (Traditional Kitchens) are a common feature of the landscape along the coast of the Saltwater Freshwater region. Middens demonstrate a physical example of Aboriginal occupation and provide clues about the diets and activities of Aboriginal people both before and after colonisation. Existing within the boundaries of Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) is one of the largest middens on the east coast. LALC CEO, Dave Feeney, provides information on the importance of the midden at Hawks Nest. There are directions at the bus bay in Little Gibber so you can visit the middens. Little Gibber, visit an Aboriginal site that has been significant to the Worimi people for over 4000 years.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to CEO Dave Feeney for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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Fishing with number plates

Resourcefulness and cleverness are key elements of Aboriginal culture. Using materials and integrating new technologies to continue culture, highlights the versatility of Aboriginal people. In this story Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Dave Feeney describes a method of fishing using a car number plate. There are directions at the bus bay in Little Gibber so you can visit the middens. Little Gibber, visit an Aboriginal site that has been significant to the Worimi people for over 4000 years.

Acknowledgements

This Project was made possible through the support and cultural authority of the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council. Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance would like to express our gratitude to CEO Dave Feeney for his time, commitment and for sharing the community cultural knowledge and stories with all of us.

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