Gunaikurnai Country & Culture

 

  • We respect that First Nations have different forms of  expression, beliefs, knowledges, languages, customs,histories, lifestyles, Laws and protocols

 

  • We recognise ‘Intangible Heritage’ - oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledges & practices concerning nature & the universe

 

  • We support regeneration of knowledge and skills to produce traditional stories, beliefs, crafts, food & medicine heritage, designs & digital heritage.


UNESCO 2003, ‘Convention for the Safeguarding of the
Intangible Cultural Heritage’

The Gunaikurnai Whole of Country Plan captures the vision of the Gunaikurnai community & the role of First Nations culture as the most relevant & powerful aspect of regional identity. Aboriginal cultural heritage  includes:

tangible values such as places, objects, landscapes, archaeological sites, past land-uses & industries, & built structures; &

• intangible values like song-lines, music, drama, skills, crafts, cultural practices & the other parts of culture that can be recorded but cannot be touched; that are of aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value for past, present or future generations.

 

 

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Snake by Ray Thomas. Gunai Artist
We thank Ray Thomas for his generosity in allowing us to use his beautiful images.

Cultural Values: Principles for Engaging with First Nations Communities

  • Recognition of First Nations worldviews within which Indigenous knowledge and realities are distinctive and fundamental

 

  • Honoring First Nations social customs as essential processes through which they live, learn and situate themselves

 

  • Emphasis on the social, historical and political contexts which shape Indigenous peoples’ lives, experiences and futures

 

  • Privileging the voices, experiences and lives of First Nations people and lands

 

  • Including and consulting with First Nations peoples, as full participants

  • Sharing and protecting knowledge

  • Using appropriate language and processes

 

Cultural Values: An Approach for Engaging with Country by YuinWoman, Danièle Hromek

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Gunaikurnai Bataluk Country