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A shared path to conserving our country

Paul Callaghan

Australian Geographic, Wednesday, 12th of July, 2017

“THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL privilege to welcome you to my Country, and I’ll do it in my language,” Uncle Paul Callaghan says warmly, his back to the ocean, hands wide and feet grounded in sand. He continues in Gathang, the language of the Worimi people of the Great Lakes region and Port Stephens area, on the lower north coast of New South Wales.

For an Aboriginal perspective on caring for the land, the Hunter branch of Intrepid Landcare recently invited Uncle Paul to take their group of young conservationists on a walk through Country to learn about Indigenous culture – the oldest, continuous culture on the planet.

“Ours is a culture to be shared,” Callaghan says firmly. “The lore belongs to the Country, which is why you are just as welcome to it as me, if you love Country and care for it. In fact, it’s my obligation to share my knowledge with you so that you have an understanding of the traditional ways of loving this place.”

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