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09 March, 2019
11:00 am
Marrickville, TBA,
Cooks River banks

This event is for young adults (18-35) living in the Inner West and City of Sydney.

Come for a walk along the River of Goolay’yari (The Pelican Dreamtime story), known as the The Cooks River, and learn about Aboriginal cultural and ecological connection to the river. The name for the river has not lived on, but stories around the river, and connection to the river continues.

Uncle Jimmy Smith will be leading this educational walk. Uncle Jimmy is a Wiradjuri man from Erambie, New South Wales. He is an educator and cultural practitioner with a Bachelor of Adult Education and a Masters in Education (Aboriginal Studies), as well as extensive experience explaining Aboriginal art, culture and heritage. Jimmy has a passion for Aboriginal science and technology, including astronomy and traditional land usage. He believes in social change through education about Aboriginal history, culture and knowledge.

Aboriginal people have lived along the River of Goolay’yari for thousands of generations. The river passes through the land of the Wangal, Cadigal and Gameygal people of the Eora Nation, from the upper reaches to the mouth of the river.

Before colonisation, Aboriginal people used the river for fishing and many of the plants along it for everyday life. Despite colonisation, and changes that have happened to the river, Aboriginal people still have a strong connection to and custodianship of the river.

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