CULTURAL FIRE WAIBURRA JAGUN
FIRE IN COUNTRY
The Traditional Owners have lived and cared for Country for thousands of years. Jagun (pronounced Yar-Gin) and which means 'country' is more than what you see.
Aboriginal education inlucdes how the land, water, the animals are all one living interconnected system.
Our way, our spirit, our being is embedded in this very place because we are connected to those cells, those systems, those living things, as one entity.
Our language, song, culture and Lore connect us to Country, we have belonging to this land. Our ancestor’s spirits are entwined through Country, the spirit is everywhere, it’s in the tree, rock, water and the wind. Caring for Country helps us maintain this relationship, it is in ‘the doing’ of caring which makes the person, in a similar way it is in ‘the caring’ of a child which makes the parent.
The different landscapes through Country are known intimately and valued they all hold story and song and is imprinted in our kinship connections.
Gaining or inheriting a totem is the giving of responsibility of an animal, or an element or of a tree, it is the practice of placing the care of that animal, element or tree into your hands, you care for its life, its needs, its function, its relationships. Your care of your totem demands an understanding of ecology reliance, it’s your first lesson and life lesson in interconnected living.
We continue this and practice our culture through ceremony, behaviour, theology, philosophy and spiritual practice to honour Our Ways to enliven those connections of care, with each species, each, plant, each element. Fire and smoke are part of this natural process.
Caring for Country is vital for maintaining our culture and all those relational processes. The sharing of intergenerational knowledge and continuation, this is how we have maintained our cultural identity. This sharing is a spiritual process.