Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are warned that Lady of the Lake may contain images of deceased persons and images of places that could cause sorrow.
excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
Writer/director Richard Frankland
Produced by John Foss
Sponsored by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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Lady of the Lake is the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria. "Chimney Flats" is an excerpt.
This place here was built by, a settler I suppose you’d call him, an’ I think that the reason that it was so fortified was because it was used as a fort against attack from my people. I think that’s why this was built, this immense structure of stone and things like that, an’ especially that big chimney was because of…probably the attacks that were coming from the Kerrupjmara people that lived here because this was still Gunditjmara country around here an’ the lakes an’ all this part was sort of, their ground, their heritage sort of thing, you know what I mean…an’ they were fierce people, they were fierce fighters they were, so I mean, have a look at the structure that was here an’ not only that but this other side there too, there’s a wall of stone…an’ these people must have been very fearful of the attacks that they would get from my people an’ I think it’s a great thing to know that there’s a structure like this, you might as well call it a fort, against my people that’s out here, an’ I mean, they only had spears, where other people had guns an’ other things like that, so they must have been…they were a fearful force.
There was a great war too, they called the Eumerella Wars, that was fought by the Gunditjmara people an’ it lasted for 18 years. It lasted for 18 years an’ 1843, I think, that they printed in the paper that the war was finally finished…but that’s the sort of fighters that our people were an’ that’s the sort of stock that we come from. I can imagine ‘em all of a night time, you know sort of, rounding up all their cows or whatever they had and running them straight into the house almost with all this fence an’ that around ‘em…an’ our people, you got to imagine, that they only had bare feet…they were barefooted, you know, while these, usurpers that I call them, were here with shoes and that on you know…an’ I recon this is a good part of history here where it really shows too that our people could fight.
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