VISIT cultural sites exploring how the landscape of Nerm or Melbourne supported the economic, cultural and spiritual life of Indigenous people and later settlers for up to 60,000 years or more.
DISCOVER the impact of the European settlers or Ngamudji on Aboriginal people. Also the impact on the sustainability of indigenous landscape, fauna and flora.
EXPLORE how Melbourne Indigenous plants, skin, ochre, shell, stone, bark, grass, wood, bone, animals, fire were used for hunting, gathering, tools, bushtucker, medicine, animals and the role of traditional stories.
LEARN about clan territories, the Indigenous Seasons, the Batman Treaty and alliances, historic events, archaeological sites and the eel cycle.
DISCUSS issues such as the Civil rights movement, Mission era, Stolen Generation, Land rights, Reconciliation and Close the Gap.
RECEIVE our free history book pdf of the traditional owners published by the Boonwurrung Foundation and City of Port Phillip. View some of our many images we use on our tours.
NOTE* Our guides are not usually Indigenous, we come from the Reconciliation perspective of how wider Australia can learn from Indigenous culture and country.
SEE – BOOKINGS AND PRICES – FOR INDIVIDUALS, ADULT GROUPS, BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS (Schools may attract an additional surcharge for bushtucker materials).
‘We thoroughly enjoyed the walk last Wednesday by the Yarra River in the CBD. The students all completed such detailed reflections and summaries from your information shared. It was a fabulous way to start the Indigenous unit. Thanks for making it so interactive, real and relevant to the lives of the Year 9 students! Caulfield Grammar, Year Eight
”People thought the St Kilda location you chose for our local Indigenous walk was fantastic. They found it really informative, educative, enjoyable and so interesting. We will repeat it next year. Reconciliation (adult) Action Group.’
‘We all thought it was excellent: interesting, informative and hands on. The students certainly learnt a lot and enjoyed themselves’. Athol Primary
‘The knowledge that students get from this tour prepares them so well for SAC’s and the end of year exam. If you focus on the Wurundjeri people for Unit 3 – Outdoor and Environmental Studies, this tour is a must!! Thanks Meyer and Melbourne Walks.’ Bendigo Catholic College
WHERE DO WE GO?
MELBOURNE CITY CENTRE: Our City Indigenous Tours usually start from Federation Square and explore Birramung Marr and the Yarra River and surrounds.
SUBURBS: We have run Indigenous tours in other Melbourne’s suburbs e.g Merri Creek, Black Rock, Bulleen, Kannanook Creek, Footscray, Queens Park (Ascot Vale), Albert Park, Port Melbourne, Elwood, Gardenvale Creek, Gasworks Park, Carlton Gardens and others.
LOCAL TO YOU: We can deliver Indigenous tours near your local business, school, park, library, beach, community centre etc. We can also provide Indigenous experiences indoors e.g. school holiday programs, corporate events using bush tucker, tools, wildlife, art etc.
Meyer Eidelson, founder of Melbourne Walks, is the author of the award-winning ‘Melbourne Dreaming. A Guide to Important Places Past and Present’ Aboriginal Studies Press, 2015.
See also the App of our book Melbourne Dreaming
We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of Melbourne and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.FURTHER READING ABOUT INDIGENOUS HISTORY See Aboriginal wells at Ricketts Point and Black Rock Melbourne Dreaming. A Guide to Important Places Past and Present, 2014, Meyer Eidelson, Aboriginal Studies Press. Yalukit Willam. The River People of Port Phillip, 2014, Meyer Eidelson, City of Port Phillip, Boonwurrung Foundation.
Aboriginal Melbourne: the Lost Land of the Kulin People, Gary Presland
Aboriginal Victorians. A history since 1800, Richard Broome, Allen and Unwin 2005.Meerreeng-an. Here is my Country. The Story of Aboriginal Victoria told through art. Chris Keeler and Vicky Couzens 2010. I Succeeded Once. The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, Marie Fels 2011.
1835: The Founding Of Melbourne And The Conquest Of Australia by James Boyce 2011.
Eight Wurundjeri Seasons in Melbourne. Jim Poulter
Koorie Plants. Koore People. Beth Gott
Archaeology of the Dreamtime, J Flood, Angus and Robertson, 2001.
Remains to be Seen. Archaeological insights into Australian pre-history. David Frankel.Good Men and True. The Native Police of Port Phillip. Marie Fels. A Bend in the Yarra : a history of the Merri Creek Protectorate Station, Ian Clark, Toby Heydon REFERENCES RE INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF MELBOURNE
See Learning resources See Woiwurrung language Apps See curriculum resources See Resources for Schools and Families See Reconciliation Australia Share Our Pride
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