Whale Ceremony 2017
Carved thousands of years ago into the landscape of the Vaucluse House estate are a range of ceremonial engravings depicting the southern migration of whales. These engravings tell a unique story, of Aboriginal connections to country and also, in more recent times, of cultural change, as colonial occupation isolated these ceremonial places from the Gadigal.
The annual Whale Festival encourages you to participate in a journey fostering relationships between Gadigal and Sydney Living Museums to preserve, interpret and share this heritage.
The annual migration of Gawura, the Eora word for whale, signifies revitalisation and the birth of a new generation as the whales return to Guru, the deep waters of the southern seas. As part of Sydney Living Museums’ Aboriginal Cultural Calendar, the Whale Festival hopes to reconnect country and people and reveal the enduring Aboriginal narratives of the Vaucluse House estate.
On the beach paddock the whale’s significance will be revealed between 10am and 11.30am through performances from Ngaran Ngaran and Djaadjawan Dancers. Head up the hill to uncover cultural connections as you venture through Vaucluse House. Visitors are invited to explore middens, experience an Aboriginal cultural cook up versus the colonial ‘pot luck’ stew and venture into Vaucluse House. Bring a blanket and spend the day exploring Aboriginal culture connected to the Vaucluse Estate.
Who should attend:
This event is suited for all ages.
How to get there:
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