Woggan-ma-gule is the indigenous name for the area that we know as Farm Cove and the adjoining Botanic Gardens. Each year on Australia Day (26th January), a 'morning ceremony' is conducted adjacent to the main pond. The 2011 ceremony was conducted by the Yuin people of the South Coast where 'gulaga' is the 'mother mountain', the source of life. So Gulaga Dreaming is a modern interpretation of the Yuin people's creation story.
This morning commenced with a traditional smoking ceremony to awaken, cleanse and honour the spirits of past inhabitants. Led by the Yuin elder, Uncle Max, we were helped to an understanding of the subtleties and connectedness of his people's relationship to the land.
The entire ceremony was very professional, and very moving. The dancing was very athletic and agile, the costumes and make-up were terrific, and the music gelled the parts of the ceremony into a mesmerising whole.
And to cap it all off, as I walked from my home down to the gardens, the city and the harbour were swathed with a dense sea-fog.
Tomorrow: From the oneness, Daramah, the Great Spirit, creates Ngardi and Tunku.