Itineraries & Trails

Aboriginal stories - Kempsey / Dunghutti

Building canoes & culture

Aboriginal people are some of the world’s first watercraft experts. Maintaining and continuing watercraft knowledge is very important to the Dunghutti community. Kempsey community member and Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Fred Kelly tells the story of making a traditional bark canoe in modern times and describes how this knowledge is currently being passed on to young Aboriginal men. To get the best experience in Kempsey and buy some authentic Aboriginal art, head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

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

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The king of the sky

Fred Kelly tells the traditional story of a kingfisher who took on an eagle. Although the eagle is a stronger and larger bird, the kingfisher uses cleverness to beat his opponent. The moral of this story is, it doesn’t matter what size you are, arrogance will bring you down; and for the little people, don’t give up. To get the best experience in Kempsey and buy some authentic Aboriginal art, head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

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

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Scared of the gravelly dog

The Gravelly Dog is a large spirit-like animal that guards the gravel road into Kempsey. Although the story of the Gravelly Dog was told to instil fear in children from the mission to keep them safe, it is a legend that has grown with them and is still feared today. To get the best experience in Kempsey and buy some authentic Aboriginal art, head to the Visitor Information Centre for all the local knowledge.

Acknowledgements

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

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