Itineraries & Trails

Aboriginal stories - Taree / Biripi

Didjeridu

Taree community member, Jeremy Saunders, tells the story of how the Didjeridu came to Taree. He explains the cultural rules surrounding the Didjeridu and why it is inappropriate for a woman to touch one. To find out how you can have an Aboriginal experience in Taree visit the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Acknowledgements

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

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The lesson of marriage

Marriage was a central feature of traditional Aboriginal society. Jeremy Saunders shares with us a local story about the lessons of marriage. The physical evidence of this story can be viewed today at Saltwater National Park. To find out how you can have an Aboriginal experience in Taree visit the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council

Acknowledgements

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

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A trip to the sea shore and the bush

From the mountains to the sea the Australian landscape provides an abundance of bush tucker. Jeremy Saunders shares Uncle Eddie Lobban’s story of an encounter between two hunters and a crying koala. To find out how you can have an Aboriginal experience in Taree visit the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Acknowledgements

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

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Traditional fishing

Fishing has played a rich and vital part in Aboriginal culture throughout history and is still present today. Jeremy Saunders shares with us the complex and diverse methods used to catch fish, highlighting the intimate relationship Aboriginal people have with the natural environment. To find out how you can have an Aboriginal experience in Taree visit the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Acknowledgements

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

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How Taree got it’s name

Taree is located in the beautiful Manning Valley. Community member and language teacher Jeremy Saunders retells a story from Uncle Eddie Lobban using the traditional language for this area, Guthang. Jeremy explains the name Taree is derived from “tareebit” a local traditional Birpai word meaning tree by the river, or more specifically, the native Sandpaper Fig. To find out how you can have an Aboriginal experience in Taree visit the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Acknowledgements

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

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Wallaby hunting

Jeremy Saunders shares with us a tale from Uncle Eddie Lobban about two men hunting for wallabies. Aboriginal people learned to understand and survive in their environment and this story shares local hunting and cooking methods used in Taree. To find out how you can have an Aboriginal experience in Taree visit the Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Acknowledgements

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

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