In the cold predawn two hundred of us gathered at Balmoral Beach in Mosman, Sydney to welcome Grandfather Sun and acknowledge the Whales. Led by Yuin elder Uncle Max Dullamunmun Harrison and members of the Ngaran Ngaran dance group we learned
about the significance of the whale to the indigenous peoples.
To the indigenous peoples of Australia “The Dreaming” refers to their tribe or
nations beliefs and spirituality as it is pertinent to their Country.
The Dreamtime or Dreaming was when Ancestral Beings moved across Australia creating life and the landscape. Dreaming stories explain how the people, animals and land were formed. The sharing of Dreaming stories reenforce and pass on important knowledge, beliefs and culture to future generations. Dreaming stories are shared through storytelling, songs, dance and art.
The Australian indigenous peoples have maintained this rich cultural heritage over tens of thousands of years.
To the many Salt Water Peoples the whale is seen as a significant totem, kin or brother.
Over thousands of years whales have been depicted in indigenous rock art, songs and Dreaming stories.
Although indigenous peoples did not engage in active whaling, stranded whales were a
very important source of food, fat and bone for making tools, shelters and weapons.
To learn more about Uncle Max and the Ngaran Ngaran Dance Group please follow this link to their website.
Ngaran Ngaran Dance Group