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Perspective

Koorie Heritage Trust Scar Tree Walk
20.01.22

We recently joined Melbourne’s Koorie Heritage Trust Scar Tree Walk to extend our knowledge of the local Kulin Peoples’ cultures and histories. Meandering along the Birrarung Marr – a significant source of food, hunting, cooking and ceremony for the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung peoples – the⁠ tour was anchored by significant landmarks and art installations that speak to the Kulin Peoples’ traditional and contemporary histories and relationship to the landscape. ⁠

Traditional weaponry shields in Birrarung Wilam along the Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. Photography courtesy of City of Melbourne.

A group of ancestor stones in Birrarung Wilam, Melbourne. Photography courtesy of City of Melbourne.

The beauty of the Birrarung Marr is reflected in its name; the Wurundjeri word ‘birrarung’ meaning ‘river of mists’, and ‘marr’ translating to ‘side.’ The river precinct features a significant Aboriginal art installation, Birrarung Wilam – a common place combining cultural gestures that each celebrate the physical and spiritual connections between indigenous people and place. On the tour, each landmark was used to share stories of symbolism, language, living practices and historical events, framing the strength of the Kulin Peoples’ community and spirit.

Eel pathway in Birrarung Wilam, Melbourne. Photography courtesy of City of Melbourne.

Message sticks in Birrarung Wilam, Melbourne. Photography courtesy of City of Melbourne.

Message sticks in Birrarung Wilam, Melbourne. Photography courtesy of City of Melbourne.

After our walk, we at some delicious morsels from neighbouring restaurant Big Esso by Mabu Mabu who have proudly brought Indigenous food and culture back to the banks of the Birrarung. ⁠The pickled watermelon salad and lemon aspen charred arti (octopus) were crowd favourites, perfectly paired with a jug of native soda.

With our knowledge of these cultural landmarks enriched and our bellies full, we left with a greater appreciation and sensitivity to our local history and surroundings – a valuable visit much appreciated by our team as we embark on further learning about inclusivity and local culture.

Big Esso by Mabu Mabu, Federation Square, Melbourne. Photography courtesy of Mabu Mabu.