hundred years celebration of Federation. The mud people. Creation
story of the Wurundjeri. The people arose from beneath the mud near
the Yarra Yarra River. Peaceful. Children playing, noises of birds
of the Kulin Nation, especially concerning the opening and founding
of Australias first Commonwealth Parliament, 1901 1928 Exhibition
men with long grey and white beards, full of self importance. Smoking
cigars and talking, laughing, putting people who feel outside that
spirit of the land has never left, but it has been suppressed.
Who are these men?.
What were their values?
from uniting clans/tribes/language groups surround the original
Parliament site. Sounds rush through. Burning of gum leaves.
people stand about. Some yell abuse, others snigger. What do we
have to do in order for the Bereewolgals* to listen? Shaking spears
are raised, painted up, stomping on cement, but beneath is earth.
One hundred years of Federation cannot crush this lands spirit.
winds. Distress. Grief. Feel that sense of fragmentation. Lies built
on someone elses land. Lies fail to acknowledge, recognise; there
is a force far greater than monolithic whitebeard mans symbols.
Listening. Co-existence. A meeting of elders/olders. The founding
fathers. Young warriors. The time is now.
Lisa Bellear 2000
* People from far away (from the Eora Nation - Sydney area.)