The Ancient Land
Australia has often been described as the new country. This is the land of the oldest continuing human culture on the planet.
Of course the Aboriginal People are not one people, but many, and we honour the ancient people of this place.
The Awabakal people walked about in the area from around Telarah to the coast south of the Hunter to to area around Wyong and west to the Watagan Mountains. They called the area around Lake Macquarie Toolouweraba. The other aboriginal name associated with the are is Bahtahbah.
A proud and free people their ancient cultural identity symbol is the 'koun' who looks like a man and flies like and eagle. The wedge tail eagle is often used as the totemic symbol.
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Indigenous Australians have been understanding and living on this land we call Australia for more than 40,000 years. The oldest and longest continuing culture known to human beings. Where other civilisations have been and gone Aboriginal culture is still with us, and offers knowledge and skills from those ancient times for us in today's society. Having survived from the times of mega fauna and great land mass change they have learned and gained the living skills within the natural environment and still are here today. The Awabakal are the Ancient people of the Newcastle area, who listen still to the land and the ancient spirits, and this land is etched deep within Awabakal hearts.
We have much to learn from each other.
The natural outcome of learning & understanding between people is friendship and reconciliation.