Keeping Culture Alive
My name is Wiruungga Dunggiirr and I’m from the Namba Gumbaynggar Nation, in New South Wales, Nambuka heads. I am an Elder of the Namba Gumbaynggar Nation. I teach aboriginals’studies in spiritual healings, bush tucker, bush medicines, rituals from the Never-Never, dance, ceremonies, fire ceremonies, making boomerangs and stone tools…
My culture was given to me by my Mother, Father, Grandfather Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Uncles and Aunties. When I was 5 years old sitting in a circle on the mission my 4 Grandfathers would sit in circle with 21 children telling the stories of the creation of Mother Earth and the Dreamtime stories. These stories were about his Father, and his Father, and his Father before him and how they we through ceremony, rituals and how they got their totems.
For 40 years I’ve been doing ceremonies, rituals, walkabout… all that. Now it’s time for me to share my knowledge and culture because we need to share our culture with the non-Indigenous people and our own Indigenous people. It’s a healing culture.
I’ve recently been to the Kiva Gathering – Roots of the Earth, 2017 and connected with many other Elders from around the world. See more pictures by clicking here.
I travel to remote Aboriginal communities and deliver second hand clothing to the people. I do this on my own and with my own money. If you would like to donate please phone me as I have the Wiruungga Dunggiirr Foundation – a not-for-profit Organisation. Thank you.
If you’re interested to know more about each journey, or would like to make a donation please call Wiruungga direct on: 0438 183 619