Tuesday, 2 September 2008
G for Guurrbi my special place.
In the caves of Hope Vale are these rock paintings to be found. This is an interesting tour along the caves and through the forest, where our guide Willie Gordon showed us the use of various herbs, and bush medicines.
Willie Gordon says:"My country is north of Cooktown, in Cape York, Far North Queensland. It's on The Bama Way, an Aboriginal trail through Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji country, which people can follow today, identifying places of historical and cultural significance along the way.
In the past our spirituality was woven into every level of our existence;it made us strong helped us to make good clear decisions, governed our laws.Our laws took into consideration all living things: animals, plants, birds as well as human beings. The laws were there to ensure the survival of all of my people, and the environment in which they lived. So in the past these two S's -Spirituality and Survival- were central to our existence."
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