As mentioned in an earlier post, I visited the Kungari Aboriginal Burial Ground at Kingston SE last week. The District Council of Robe has some information on the Bunganditj (Bo-an-dick) peoples of the region.
“Until the invasion of their lands in 1840, the Bunganditj lived peacefully in the region for at least 30,000 years. The Bunganditj people lived along the south east coast throughout periods of rise and fall of sea level during the Pleistocence and Holocene periods.”
Many think we’re currently facing climate change. Just imagine the changes they experienced over that period of time, which included a minor Ice Age. I reckon that makes them pretty resourceful and capable.
Despite efforts made by the invading British to annihilate them, the true custodians of this land survived, and today –
“Descendants of the Bunganditj and the Meintangk continue to nurture and protect their culture through the efforts of the Kungari Aboriginal Cultural Association based in Kingston SE. Kungari works towards greater recognition of aboriginal culture and the protection of sites in their continuing association with this coastline.”
As I walked, following the track, I could feel just how alive the land was here. It truly vibrated with energy and spirit.
I am extremely grateful for the chance to experience this once more.
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