Saltwater Freshwater Stories

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Listen to stories told by Elders from communities across the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi nations that make up the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance.

It is so important to record stories for future generations to keep our stories alive within us and the Aboriginal community.” Dave Feeney (former CEO, Karuah Aboriginal Land Council

  • The passing down of stories, legends and culture between generations is an oral tradition in Aboriginal culture. With the dwindling numbers of Aboriginal Elders and a large number of youth coming through cultural sustainability relies on innovative uses of technology.
  • Working through the Local Aboriginal Land Council’s, local Elders and community leaders stepped forward to share and record stories from the communities while young people received mentoring and training in recording processes at local radio stations.
  • The end product is a wide range of stories shared from seven communities; from Aboriginal legends and morality tales to reminiscence of life in simpler times; from creation stories of key sites on the Mid North Coast to examples of the resourcefulness of Aboriginal people to keep culture alive.
    • Karuah (Worimi) – Dave Feeney
    • Forster (Worimi) – Toni Paulson
    • Taree (Biripi) – Jeremy Saunders
    • Port Macquarie (Birpai) – Uncle Bill O’Brien
    • Kempsey (Dunghutti) – Uncle Fred Kelly
    • Macksville (Gumbaynggirr) – Uncle Gary Williams and Aunty Rose Boston
    • Coffs Harbour (Gumbaynggirr) – Aunty Sue Hoskins, Aunty Marie Tarplee and Uncle Mark Flanders

This project was developed in 2010 and 2011 with funding from the Federal Government’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment program. Originally part of the Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Route.