Campfire yarns tell ancient stories

Campfire at Green Patch | Photo by Yenewyi

Campfire at Green Patch | Photo by Yenewyi

No-one can tell a campfire yarn like Julie Freeman at Booderee National Park.

After some exhilarating sea-kayaking in Booderee’s pristine bays we sat around the campfire drinking tea. As night fell and the sky filled with stars, Julie – a Traditional Owner from the Booderee region – shared stories about ‘deadly beautiful’ women; the troubles of brothers Whale, Starfish and Koala; and the time when there were two moons.

Booderee is home to the people of Wreck Bay who have cared for the land and waters of the Jervis Bay area for many generations. The people of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community are proud of this association –passing on their special knowledge and ancestral and creation stories to their families and the community.

As Julie says, ‘We’ve been here for maybe 100,000 years, and we’re still here.’

Julie will be telling more campfire yarns at Booderee this weekend to celebrate Earth Hour and over the autumn school holidays. For more info on Booderee National Park school holiday activities please click here.

Tanya, Parks Australia

 

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