"Aboriginal spirituality is defined as at the core of Aboriginal being, their very identity. It gives meaning to all aspects of life including relationships with one another and the environment. All objects are living and share the same soul and spirit as Aboriginals. There is a kinship with the environment" (Grant, 2004)

Today we celebrate the start of NAIDOC week

Though Tawny Trails day is not on during the NAIDOC week, I would like to take this moment to acknowledge and appreciate the rich lessons we can learn from the First Nation peoples and their connection to the land. Artists use nature for expression, while aboriginal peoples are a part of nature. Most of Tawny Trails locations are in the Waka Waka peoples region. In particular, I invite visitors to Tawny Trails to immerse themselves in the trails Dagular National Park location. D’Aguilar Range and the surrounding areas hold significant cultural value for First Nations people.

The eucalypt forest, rainforest pockets and creeks provide food, medicine and many other resources. Sacred sites include artefact scatters, bora rings, dreaming trails and traditional pathways.

The Piccabeen walk is a short but diverse environment. Follow the trail and boardwalk through a beautiful mix of eucalypt and subtropical rainforest featuring Piccabeen palm groves and enormous, silver-coloured Sydney blue gums.

It’s a great time now to look out for brightly-coloured Australian king parrots—red-headed males and green-headed females—among the birds feasting on strings of red berries hanging from Piccabeen palms. Parks

Aristotle even once wrote that “Art not only imitates nature but also completes its deficiencies”. This can be interpreted as art not only recreating the natural world but also creating new ways in which to see it in another light. In other words, art is the missing voice of what nature lacks to speak. Mojarto Blogs

I believe First Nation peoples are connected in a way that sees nature speak, and nature has no deficiencies. Many artist’s project onto the landscape as a result of outside influences. If they found a deeper connection, this would allow nature to speak to them, and their works would be richer for it.

Be inspired!

For information on NAIDOC, please visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/ NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Artwork By Sharon Harper-Greentree from Dayboro Art Gallery
Artwork by Helen Hornibrook of Dayboro Art Gallery
Artwork by Mam Oman from Dayboro Art Gallery

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