Photograph Bindy Welsh, 2011
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Bindy Welsh, Indigo Images
Squirrel Gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis) are commonly found around the Ovens River and its tributaries. This one was found impaled on a barbed wire fence and was freed by Freddie Dowling and allowed to return to a nearby tree.
Freddie Dowling, the consultant on this story, is one of the elders of the Pangerang people. He is a storyteller and published author. His No More the Valley Rings with Koorie Laughter is a collection of stories, the majority of which were told to him by his father and his grandmother, Annie Lewis, the niece of Mary Jane Milawa.
These stories were written down in 1975 for his own family ‘so that their descendants could reflect on who they were and learn something of their culture and how it was before white settlement changed everything’.
The Pangerang/Bangerang people, a nation of sub-clans, occupied much of what is now North Eastern Victoria stretching along the Tongala (Murray) River to Echuca and into the areas of the southern Riverina in New South Wales.