Celebrating the World’s Oldest Living Culture
Recently, we celebrated NAIDOC week – in which we celebrated and recognized the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It was also an opportunity for all Australians to learn about and celebrate the oldest continuous living culture on earth.
Like most Australians, my education in aboriginal culture is incomplete and came later in life. But to me, one of the most remarkable aspects of aboriginal culture is the deep connection with and knowledge of the land.
As we all know, Australia can be a place of harsh contrasts: from storms and floods to droughts and fires. Despite these challenges, aboriginal people were able to survive and thrive for over sixty thousand years through their resilience, their knowledge and their ability to adapt to the seasons, with only the lightest of environmental footprints.
All of us at QER gratefully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands where we work: the Bailai, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Taribelang Bunda, Gaangalu and Darumbal peoples, and pay our respects to their elders, past and present.