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 Welcome to Country, undertake 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.
A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Traditional Owners. When you are on djandak this must be performed by a Dja Dja Wurrung person to welcome you and any visitors to Dja Dja Wurrung land.
A Welcome can include singing, dancing, a talk and a smoking ceremony.
Protocols for welcoming visitors to Country 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 Country from that of other groups.
Crossing into another group’s Country required a request for permission to enter—like gaining a visa—and when that permission was granted the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage.
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.
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.
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 Wurrung||English interpretation|
|Balaki Wuka||Giving to community|
|Dhelk Djuwima||show, share = showing respect|
|Dhelkunya Dja||Healing/make good, land/Country|
|Dja Dja Wurrung||Yes, Yes speaking/lip/tongue|
|Djaara||Dja Dja Wurrung People|
|Djandak||Dja Dja Wurrung Country|
|Djangi Dja Dja Wurrung Bala||Home of Dja Dja Wurrung People|
|Galka||to make, to build|
|Galkangu||build together, we make together, make things happen together, more connected to Country|
|Gunga||to do, to work, to create, to make something|
|Malamiya||long ago, dreamtime, before this time|
|Malamiya-yu Gurang||long ago, dreamtime, before this time|
|Ngaldurring Yana||Walk together|
|Nyerna||to hear, listen, understand, know|
|Wurreka||to yarn, to talk|