Wominjenka is a Promise.

Wominjenka is a Promise.

Wominjenka is a Promise

Womenjenka is how to say hello to one another in the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung language. The Wurundjeri are a tribe of first nation peoples whose land surrounds the Yarra River – Birrurang.
Woiwurrung is the language spoken by the Wurundjeri, who originally comes from the Yarra and they are a tribe of landowners that are a part of the Kulin nation of Victoria.

When we are welcomed to country we are invited to share in a promise to protect the land, the people, the animals, plants and waterways and uphold the lore – the way of nature.

Bundjil – The Eaglehawk

Bundjil is the eaglehawk and the creator spirit of the Wurundjeri country. Everything you see on country; the mountains, the sky, the plants and the valleys, the people and the animals comes from Bundjil, who is now in the Dreamtime.

Waang – The Black Crow

Waang is the black crow. Waang is the guardian of the waterways. Waang keeps the river Birruang flowing, and keeps watch over the animals and spirit of the rivers.

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The Witchetty Grub People & The Manna Gum – Part 2

The Witchetty Grub People & The Manna Gum – Part 2

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this post contains names and images of people who have now entered the Dreamtime.

Thank You

I hope this project transmits the wonder and joy I experience when I am alone on country. To the Wurundjeri Woiworrung of the Kulin Nation, thank you for keeping culture alive.

Thank you for the wisdom and knowledge you work so hard to protect. It is acknowledged that it is for our benefit that we keep the fires of our Indigenous wisdom alive. Our very survival depends on it.

The Witchetty Grub People – Part 2

Wurun Djeri

As I look over the gulley where the river, Birrarung glides through, I see a landscape dominated by the silvered trunks and slender green leaves of the Eucalyptus viminalis. It is late May, and the gums have blossomed with creamy yellow flowers that fall all over the ground like small confetti. The birds get drunk on the sugar of the blossom. They squawk and haggle on branches low enough I can about touch them if I tried. Lorikeets with their distinctive brassy voices fight pole position on hollowed logs, and I laugh at them, and they look at me, heads titled and call out to mates nearby to come and check me out.

We are the land.

For a race of people whose experience of identity is inseparable from the land in which they come, it is no wonder then that the Wirundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation (Melbourne) take their name from the Manna Gum and the grub that lives in and around the tree trunks.

“The Wurundjeri People take their name from the Woiwurrung language word ‘weren’t meaning the Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) which is common along ‘Birrarung’ (Yarra River), and ‘djeri‘, the grub which is found in or near the tree”. –https://www.wurundjeri.com.au/our-story/ancestors-past/)

The European colonists named the White Gum Tree the Mann Gum – Apparently, Manna was a sweet tree sap collected by Israelites in the Old Testament, and the tree is a symbol of conservation and sustainable living to the colonists. To the natives of Melbourne, it is the self.

For the indigenous clans, the Eucalyptus is important to the ceremony, Welcome to Country. It is significant to the Wurundjeri as it represents who they are.
Wurundjeri Woiwurring people are the people of the Manna Gum, and the tree binds them to their ancestors and cultural wisdom. It provides them with medicine and healing, food, protection and natural resources.

The Witchetty Grub

The Witchetty Grub or Witjuti Grub is the larvae of several wood-eating moths in Australia.

This rather large grub is a staple in the diet of many different native Australian groups across the country and apparently, the cooked version is crispy chicken on the outside and raw egg in the middle.

No comment!

This image is supplied by the National Library of Victoria. – https://aboriginalhistoryofyarra.com.au It shows Wurundjeri men dressed in hunting gear and holding spears.

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Wurundjeri & The Manna Gum

Wurundjeri & The Manna Gum

A collage of my daily life here on the bend of the river.

The Witchetty Grub People – Part 1

When I first arrived at my new home here on the bend of the brown river, I wasn’t exactly in good shape. You could say, my spirit had gone walkabout. I was sick, mentally and spiritually. I had no connection to anything, and it had been that way for a very long time.

Welcome to Country

For the next few weeks, take a walk with me through the place of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung. I will help you to see what I see as I walk the banks of the ‘River of Mists’. It is where I have begun to learn what it means to have a place ‘on country’ here in Melbourne and how it finally feels to be connected to where I live – from the ground up. This place is where I have started to heal my spirit through a connection to land, to ancestry and nature.

From bush medicine, and edible weeds, the Manna Gum and Birruang, I will show you what I know so far to be –  Wurundjeri.

Welcome to Country!

The Manna Gum

It was the blue, grey-green of the eucalypt, the Manna Gum trees that soaked up my attention the first time I stood there on that river. It was February of 2021, and it was only two weeks into my new life here.

Speckled with tiny creamy bush blossoms, their salty bark and perfect colour palette drowned out the noise of the industrial world in the background; as I zoomed into the trees like a camera does , I was enamoured.

I inspected the textures, the smell, the details and the life attached to those trees nearly every day for two months. My hyper focus on the landscape,  the colour of the gum leaves and the smell of the trees and the warm earth began to dominate my subconscious.

I would come home in the dark from my new place, write and paint, and closely inspect the pictures and film I collected from the small world that was now my own.

At night, alone in my apartment, when the world was silent, my mind would go quiet with it, and I would dream of the gum trees. I would wander to the forest over the road from me,  following the ridge along Birruang like I was hypnotised. All I would see were the Manna Gum trees and heard the word ‘Wurundjeri’.

It was like this weeks on, I would dream the Manna Gums and hear Wurundjeri, and I wanted to know why?

 

We are the Land

As it seems, Wurundjeri are Manna Gums, the people of Wurundjeri land take their name from them.

The Manna Gum, or’ Eucalyptus Viminalis’ is a ceremonial symbol of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung ‘Welcome to Country’. The Manna Gum is sacred to the people of this land, it represents their connection to their country and to the River of Mists.

Perhaps my dreaming was the beginning of my welcome to country, as there was no Wurundjeri Human available, it seems as though the trees had done it instead. From understanding one word, Wurundjeri I became much more connected to this place. From then on, the small patch over there which hugs the curves of Birruang (the brown river), became my place. And I love that land now as home.

To the Wirundjeri Woiwurrung thank you for keeping culture alive. With the deepest respect, I hope this body of work will help to educate the people of the world, about the wealth and beauty of this land and its traditional owners.

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The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

The Milky Way – Our Galaxy of Stars

Our very own city of stars, 170,000 light-years

“From once we came, we shall return”.
Emily Rack

Which one Are We?

There are two main types of galaxies, the elliptical and the spiral galaxy.

We are supposedly a spiral galaxy. We can’t take a picture from space to prove it; it would mean we would have to travel 129,000 light-years to capture it. Meaning we would need to travel 100,000 years to cross it.

“In March 2019, astronomers reported that the mass of the Milky Way galaxy is 1.5 trillion solar masses within a radius of about 129,000 light-years, over twice as much as was determined in earlier studies, and suggesting that about 90% of the mass of the galaxy is dark matter.” ( From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way)

Where exactly am I?

The Milky Way Galaxy is our home, our own metropolis of stars, all 200 billion of them.

The Milky Way is one of the billions in the universe, and not all are peaceful and life-supporting. Galaxies are places of cosmic drama and unimaginable forces that play out the birth-death of reality. Our reality only exists because of sheer luck. A unique combination of chemistry and energy, intelligence and forces outside our understanding coalesced and gave life to the universe.

My Place amongst the Planets

A sky exploded with glittered stars and scintillating planets, flickering and twinkling on a blanket of deep interstellar indigo carpet.

Dusted with the shimmer of billions of galaxies, seemingly a fingers width out of reach, a milky, dreamy cloud of sparkling wonder – The Milky Way, my galaxy of stars.

This is my home, this is where I am from.

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Facts on Frogs – Fun Kids Poster

Facts on Frogs – Fun Kids Poster

Facts on Frogs – Fun Kids Poster

Frogs are our distant relatives. Having lived on the earth for 250 million years, these adaptive vertebrates were the first to bridge land and lake and marked the beginning of animal evolution on land.

Frogs are an important emblem of nature; they represent the finite balance and health of the planet. Sensitive to toxins, climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and predation, the decline or extinction of frogs species indicates disease in all other areas of the biosphere.

The natural world and its abundance of rare and gorgeous creatures are fast becoming natural history. We are hurriedly trying to capitalise on the last remaining sanctuaries of rare creatures, plants, microbes, fungi, insects, reefs and wilderness  – documenting and synthesizing natures wonder market, where compounds and chemical used in pharmacy – are only now coming to attention as we lose time.

 

Will Frogs Outlive Us All?

Frogs have lived and thrived on mother earth for 250 million years, dwarfing the timeline of nearly everything else living in today’s biosphere – excluding dragonflies, sharks (450 million years), and cockroaches. With such a robust history of survival and the tenacity to thrive through millennia of changes, frogs everywhere are now going extinct.

A species of incredible endurance and mythological status, amphibians such as frogs, salamanders and lizards and crocodiles, outlived the dinosaurs, meteors and the ice ages to greet humanity onto the earth’s stage some short time ago.

Frogs and toads are incredible little creatures, their diversity and habitats just as broad. Frogs live on every continent except Antarctica and live in almost all environments, including arid deserts with no water and in places that turn to ice in the winter.

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Prescription Hugs – The Healing Benefits of Hugging

Prescription Hugs – The Healing Benefits of Hugging

Prescription Hugs – the healing benefits of hugging

A hug is such a simple remedy to handling the complex and sensitive emotions we have as human beings, and its intrinsic value to our health and happiness is overlooked.

 If you have experienced a lockdown in the era of COVID-19 for two weeks or more, you might have an insight into what it feels like to be deprived of human interaction, meaningful touch and companionship?

The Pain of Separation

Last year for so many of us in Melbourne and around the world, we were alone for prolonged periods of time. It was a huge test of our resilience to cope with sudden change, intense grief, impeding financial ruin and social isolation.

Like myself, many endured a prolonged lockdown alone. My family and friends well and truly out of reach I struggled at times to feel ok. I was lucky enough to have my little dog Neumann as a solid and noble companion and it made a world of difference.

But some people had no one, and unlike the lucky folks with backyards, terraces, families, pets and sunlight, they were locked up in small apartments that closed them off from the world entirely.

What Now?

The implications of these ongoing lockdowns can not really be quantified socially, emotionally or economically. Nevertheless, the effects of loneliness, hopelessness and future uncertainty on our way of life continue.

 We know there are harrowing statistics regarding mental health and suicide rates due to the pandemic, and it continues to rise. And there is not a single person I know that hasn’t been emotionally and psychologically affected by the pandemic we are still in. And the solution to the mounting health crisis that impacts all of us is totally insufficient, and we know it.

The COVID_19 lockdowns have highlighted the realisation of how unwell we can become when we don’t have enough interaction with other living beings. Depression, anxiety and the feelings of grief and hopelessness among the many is expediential.

How long might it take for us to recover – unknown?…

Hugs could save lives!

After my experience of prolonged isolation,  loneliness and grief, I learned what it was like to be touch-deprived and how serious its effect was on my health. I had depression for quite some time last year, and the lockdown we just had triggered feelings of doubt, angst and irritability in me and many others.

When I  finally had the opportunity to properly and consistently interact with friends again, I recognised immediately how impactful being physically close to another being was for me and how quickly bad vibes and anxious feelings were subdued when hugged.

 My experience got me thinking – how many of us could have our lives transformed by regular touch and meaningful hugs?  How many of us are unaware that our society’s lack of human contact might be why we are unwell and critically imbalanced?.

We have a mental health crisis at our door, and accompanying this is the loneliness epidemic, and the two go hand in hand – could hugs help?.

It is factual that regular social contact, physical touch and big warm hugs help us handle the difficult emotions, grief and pain we all experience. Science says it’s so – and there is plenty of good evidence that proves that hugging heals.

Take one dose of hugs daily!

I am interested to see if you, too, can benefit from a good old fashioned dose of hugs?

I am prescribing 1 month of hugs and love to be taken daily.

Whenever possible, take the opportunity to connect with fellow humans through physical touch and cuddles. It important you make sure you choose someone who wants to hug you back.  There is nothing worse than an empty hug; you will know the difference; it feels weird, and you won’t feel any better afterwards.

In the videos above there are  some good guidelines and ideas for building up to a good long cuddle and how to provide and experience maximum benefits to your health and heart.

  • I would recommend a diary to track your feelings, your health and your overall view on life throughout your hugging experience.
  • I recommend hugs every day or as often as you can. Track in a diary whether there is an improvement to how you feel – and does it make your bond closer to your buddy?
  • I would be curious to know if you experience any changes to your mood, health, and social and emotional bonds. So please send me an email, comment on my social media feed or post a letter to let us know how it goes.

Goodluck Fellow Huggers xxx

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