welcomes you to a journey through the experiences of our people,
the Yardwadjali and Djap Wurrung, the traditional owners of the
land in and around the magnificent and powerful mountain range
of Gariwerd, our ancient name for the Grampians.
This is the land that supported our people both physically and
spiritually. It's earth, water, plants and animals gave us physical
strength, while it's rocky peaks and deep valleys and all things
connected with the land, became the resting places for our creative
and legendary heros.
Our principal legendary hero is Bunjil, the creator who provided
us with all our needs.
Bunjil created our land, our people, the plants and animals, our
religon and the laws by which we live. He was the leading figure
in our spiritual life, essential in teaching our young people
the importance of our laws and beliefs.
Bunjil gave our people the weapons and tools to hunt and gather
food. He was closely related to Werpil, the eagle, considered
to be king of birds.
At the end of his time on earth, Bunjil rose into the sky where
he now lives, represented by a star.
Gariwerd was also central to the dreaming of the two Bram brothers,
legendary figures in our history, who were responsible for the
creation and naming of many landscape figures in western Victoria.
Our Brambuk Living Cultural Centre is named after the Bram brothers
as a reminder of their central role in creating the features of
In the numerous rock shelters of Gariwerd we gather to talk, yarn,
sing and dance. We teach our children and pass on our knowledge.
On the walls of the shelters we paint our symbols and leave our
hand prints and stencils as evidence of our existence.
We hunt and gather the abundant food in the area by various methods
such as netting, spearing ad digging.
In the streams and rivers we use rocks to build fish traps, allowing
us to harvest the rich bounty of fish and eels with nets made
of kangaroo grass.
Life is thus sustained in an orderly, balanced manner according
to laws of the Bunjil.
Today Bunjil still watches over us to ensure that we continue
to look after our land and observe our laws and beliefs.
The Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
more information on Aboriginal Heritage:
Aboriginal Cultural Centre
in the Gariwerd
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of Victorian Aboriginal ceremonial painted body decorations. The
use of dots and the general layout of the painters is similiar to
those painted on Bunjil. (Museum Victoria)