Aboriginal Heritage

Aboriginal Heritage

 

Albury Wodonga is a region where Aboriginal and European culture live side by side, in a community that is every bit as culturally rich and diverse as its past and present inhabitants.

Previously known as Bungambrawatha, or homeland, by the Wiradjuri people, the name of the region was later changed to Albury in 1838 when the Assistant Surveyor General decided that this new name would sound more familiar to the ears of European Settlers.

Wodonga, meaning bulrushes, retained its indigenous name and continues to serve as a firm link to the traditional owners of this culturally rich landscape.

The Murray River is central to life for those who call the Albury Wodonga region home.

The Wiradjuri people were frequently joined by many other hunting groups who would travel hundreds of kilometres to gather together near the river. Today, meeting at Albury Wodonga remains an important tradition.

At the Gateway Village on the banks of the Murray, The Indigenous Cultural and Environmental Discovery Centre, provides an opportunity for both children and adults to immerse themselves in a three-dimensional discovery of the ancient people of the Upper Murray Valley.

'Googar' Goanna Sculpture by Darren Wighton'Googar' Goanna Sculpture by Darren WightonGateway IslandGateway Island

 

Under the guidance of professional Aboriginal experts and archaeologists visitors can participate in a unique blend of indigenous cultural and environmental experiences bringing to life the lifestyle, stone tool technology, bush tucker, archaeology, and arts and crafts of these ancient people.

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