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Cultural Practices

Customs and Practices

Dja Dja Wurrung customs and practices are alive and respected and keep us connected to our past, our present and our future.

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 and dance, and through storytelling and walking Country, so that they can carry on our peoples’ connection to Country.

Our dreaming stories tell of Mindi, Bunjil and Waa, explaining the creation of our lands and the evolution of our people, and the right way for us to live. Our language connects us to water, land, animals, spirits and people, calling our ancestors to ceremony and strengthening our identity. Some of our customs and practices are men’s business and some are women’s business, and some are for use to share as a community. Dja Dja Wurrung culture is the foundation of our community’s spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing, and we protect it, pass it on and help others to understand and respect our ways.

The demands of work and life can make it difficult to find the time and means for Dja Dja Wurrung people to regularly practice culture. Coupled with the past removal of our language and dispersal of our people, and the continued loss of knowledge as elders pass on, the task to revive and protect our culture is a challenging one. However we make time to learn our dance, to learn song or write new ones and to dance on ours and others Country.

We give Welcome to Country and undertake Smoking Ceremony at many events on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. We share Culture through presentations, on Country talks and tours and performance.