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Yaam Gumbaynggirr Jagun – here is Gumbaynggirr country

The Gumbaynggirr people have occupied the Mid North Coast from Nambucca to the Clarence River and west to the Great Dividing Range since the Yuludarla, a time before time known as the Dreaming. The geographical boundaries of these physical locations are not lines on a map, instead they are learned experiences shared through traditional storylines.

The Gumbaynggirr people have a profound connection to their country which is expressed directly through language and storylines. The Gumbaynggirr language is a vital part of a dynamic living culture that spans 80 kms of beaches, headlands, rivers, estuaries, creeks, mountains and flood plains.

“Language is the fundamental basis of the connection between people and specific places in the landscape, it is the story that holds the meaning of language. It is story that embodies the connection between people and places….The knowledge about Country was held by initiated men who served to connect people to Country over a vast area. This knowledge is a narrative in three parts: boundaries and identities; linking trails and storylines; and, special places of gathering and ceremony.” (Singing the Coast, Tony Perkins and Margaret Somerville,2010)

Walking tracks are dynamic living trails and networks that represent the intimate connection between people and place. All walking trails intersect with storylines of other walking trails and these intersections mark places of powerful spiritual significance.

The Gumbaynggirr people were traditionally known as the ‘sharing people’ because their land was so rich that food and other resources were commonly shared with other nations. More Info

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