NAIDOC Week Cultural Yarn

Published on Tuesday, 11 July 2023 at 7:03:00 AM

Ironstone Gully Falls provided a beautiful backdrop as almost 40 community members enjoyed the Shire's NAIDOC Week Cultural Yarn on Saturday.
The yarn was facilitated by Zac Webb from Undalup Association Inc. Zac conducted a fascinating Welcome to Country, singing out to Country to acknowledge our presence and take care of us.
During his yarn, Zac discussed the Aboriginal meaning behind the names of different Shire localities:
  • Dalyellup: Derived from the word ‘Dar’, meaning mouth. Refers to the frothy water in the lakes and estuaries caused by mixing fresh and salt waters, resembling froth around the sides of the mouth.
  • Gelorup: Named after a native bee attracted to the banksia plants in the area.
  • Capel (Coolingup): Known as the place of the children in Aboriginal language.
  • Boyanup: Means ‘place or rocks’, with ‘boya’ representing rocks and ‘up’ signifying place of.
Throughout the morning, Zac spoke about local bush tucker and provided attendees a taste of coconut water from a Balga tree. He also showed everyone how to make a knife using resin from a Balga tree.
Thank you, Zac and Undalup Association Inc. for providing the Cultural Yarn which offered valuable and fascinating insights into Aboriginal culture and connection to Country.
People standing under two canopies at Ironstone gully falls Capel

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