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Laws For Living - Culture and Kin

Bageeyn (clever man) is telling the young buuraays (children) the importance of their culture. Bageeyn is telling them about their totems - Wilay the possum and Dinawan the emu. They must protect these sacred animals and care for them and share our Land with them.

KEVIN WILLIAMS Waradjuri


I’m very proud of the knowledge that has been passed on. When I was a little boy a lot of old full-blood people were still alive and I was very fortunate to see some of the last corroborees performed in this area by my uncles and great-uncles. I can remember one old bloke, Uncle Garney, he’d say “Come and sit here. But you listen, don’t talk.” So we’d sit there maybe for an hour and he’d just do all this talking and doing diagrams in the dirt with a stick or with his waddy and tell us what they mean. And so I was very privileged to be able to experience that. He was a very clever old fella.

ALBERT MULLETT Gunnai

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Kevin Williams
Waradjuri. Born 1959

Winanggual (to listen)
2001
Paint, canvas
49 x 68.5 cm
Koorie Heritage Trust AH2715

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