Wurundjeri Bark Canoe Koorong Project

13 October 2017

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Date(s) - 13 October 2017
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Bolin Bolin Billabong

Wurundjeri Elders and community members are coming together to create a traditional bark canoe, or koorong in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, at the culturally significant Bolin Bolin Billabong in Bulleen on Friday 13th October.

The community is invited to join them as they reclaim cultural practices by scarring a red gum tree and making a traditional bark canoe like they traditionally did for tens of thousands of years.

Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson, will be facilitating a cultural talk on Wurundjeri culture and history and about the significance of the area to Wurundjeri,.

Uncle Bill said the Wurundjeri have used bark canoes to fish on the Yarra River for thousands of years.

“Canoes like the one being shaped at this event were created from bark from local trees and used to gather eels.

“We will be using the same traditional methods to dry and shape the bark over a low fire to showcase the cultural practices of the Wurundjeri.

“Bolin Bolin was historically used by the Wurundjeri as the site for gatherings with the billabong and nearby Yarra providing a source of food and water during these ceremonies.

“The Bolin Bolin area has great cultural significance to the Wurundjeri and is one of the few remaining billabongs still found in the urban environment of Melbourne.”

The Bark Canoe/Koorong Project 2017 is being undertaken by Wurundjeri Council with the support of the Dahl Trust, Port Phillip & Westernport CMA and Melbourne Water and in partnership with Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, (DELWP).

Free parking is available at the Veneto Club.
Some food will be provided for lunch.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Charley at charley@wurundjeri.com.au or 03 9416 2905.