Even dynamite could not destroy the people of the Budj Bim stones

Thu, 27 Apr 2023 02:07:18 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Australians, particularly those of far south-west Victoria, are celebrating
this week.

The ancient stone country known as Budj Bim - land of an eel-trapping and
preserving system that is at least 6600 years old - has been added to UNESCO’s
exalted World Heritage list.

Should you venture to this long-hidden country 40 kilometres north-east of
Portland, however, it is best you tread lightly.

Behind the elation at the global recognition of Budj Bim lie almost two
centuries of torment and misery.

Those who built those ancient weirs and eel-smoking systems within a volcanic
lava field, a clan of the Gunditjmara people known as the Kerrupjmara, were
required to endure abuse and injustice that would make the strongest weep.

We don’t have to disappear into distant history to find the pain, either.

Having been born a short drive from Budj Bim - though I was ignorant of the
Indigenous name of the place until recent years - I still know people, old now,
who were ripped as children from their parents there and consigned to distant

Via Clarice Boomshakala Bouvier.

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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