Dhelk Djuwima | Our Services

The importance of our services

The laws, customs and stories that make up Dja Dja Wurrung Culture guide the way we behave and the decisions we make every day. We pass these on to our young ones through song dance, storytelling and walking Country so that they can carry on our Peoples’ connection to Country.

To share Culture, we give Welcomes to Country, Smoking Ceremonies, on Country talks, tours, and performances across djandak.

These are important events we share to dhelk djuwima (show and share respect) of our cultural knowledge and practices daily.

We offer a broad range of activities held across djandak.

Welcome to Country

A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Traditional Owners. When you are on djandak this must be performed by a djaara Traditional Owner to welcome you, and any visitors to Dja Dja Wurrung djandak.

A Welcome can include singing, dancing, a talk and a smoking ceremony.

Protocols for welcoming visitors to djandak has been a part of djaara and other Aboriginal Cultures for thousands of years. Despite the absence of fences or visible borders, djaara and other Aboriginal tribes had clear boundaries separating their djandak from that of other groups.

Crossing onto another group’s djandak requires a request for permission to enter—like gaining a visa—and when that permission has been granted the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage.

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Smoking Ceremonies

In Dja Dja Wurrung Culture, participating in a Smoking Ceremony is a sign of good intentions and respect. The purpose of a Smoking Ceremony is to cleanse – we cleanse ourselves of the bad spirits and open up to good spirit, or Murrup.

The smoke is a symbol for water; when you pass through the smoke, we ask that you imagine the smoke passing over you is like running water from head to toe. We use three plants to perform our Smoking Ceremony: Cherry Ballart, Wattle and Gum.

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Wurrung | Speaking / lip / tongue

Dja Dja Wurrung language connects us to water, land, animals, spirits, and People, calling our Martiinga kuli to ceremony and strengthening our identity.

Our language and elements of it, were shared between clans and with our Eastern Kulin Nation neighbours and visiting mobs who travelled long distances to gather together.

Through the years, Dja Dja Wurrung language, words, and traditions have survived through our dynamic and determined connection to Culture and djandak.

Contemporary renewal, reclaiming and rematriation of our language is an extension and continuation of our traditional practice of sharing knowledge.

We continue to share our language with those that reside in Central Victoria to ensure it remains in the landscape it belongs.

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These words are used throughout our website. We share them to give an insight into Dja Dja Wurrung language. These words are an educational tool and not for use outside of our website unless prior consent is given.

Dja Dja WurrungEnglish interpretation
Balaki WukaGiving to community
Dhelk Djuwimashow, share = showing respect
Dhelkunya DjaHealing/make good, land/Country
Dja Dja WurrungYes, Yes speaking/lip/tongue
DjaaraDja Dja Wurrung People
DjandakDja Dja Wurrung Country
Djangi Dja Dja Wurrung BalaHome of Dja Dja Wurrung People
Galkato make, to build
Galkangubuild together, we make together, make things happen together, more connected to Country
GiyakikiStory, yarns
Gungato do, to work, to create, to make something
Malamiyalong ago, dreamtime, before this time
Malamiya-yu Guranglong ago, dreamtime, before this time
Ngaldurring YanaWalk together
Nyernato hear, listen, understand, know
Wurrekato yarn, to talk