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Exploring the Bataluk* Cultural Trail.
The five clans of the Gunaikurnai nation: Bratwoloong, Brayakooloong, Tatungooloong, Brabawooloong and Krowathunkooloong have inhabited the Gippsland region for over 30,000 years.
Mostly the people lived in harmony with one another, meeting for corroborees which involved marriage and initiation ceremonies, trade of goods (such as stones suitable for axe making and fine tools), dancing and feasting. Occasionally there were battles over tribal lands and women.
Care of the land was an important aspect of Gunikurnai law. Many traditions revolved around the protection and preservation of the environment.
Many sites along the Bataluk Cultural Trail will show the respect, undestanding, legends and law for the land the Gunaikurnai had.
For a variety of reasons such as environmental or historical sensitivity, some sites in the region are not appropriate for unrestricted access by members of the general public. We ask that you treat all sites along the trail with respect and care, to ensure that they are preserved for future generations.
There is a high concentration of GUNAIKURNAI sites in the Gippsland area including artefact scatters, shell middens, scarred trees, massacre sites and axe grinding grooves. The need to protect sites often means that they cannot be openly publicised.
IT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE HERITAGE ACT (2006) TO TAMPER WITH OR REMOVE ANYTHING FROM AN ABORIGINAL SITE
Please treat all sites along the trail with respect and care to ensure they are preserved for future generations.
Development of the Bataluk Cultural trail is a joint initiative of the Far East Gippsland Aboriginal Corporation, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Moogji Aboriginal Council, Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council.