Restoring Noongar Boodja are three integrated and time critical projects being managed by South Coast NRM in partnership with the University of WA Albany Campus, Wirlomin Noongar Language & Stories and Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation (AHRGAC). Supported by @Lotterywest, Restoring Noongar Boodja is aimed at respecting, recording, applying and sharing Noongar knowledge to manage our natural resources.   

One of these three integrated projects is Walking Together which is a collaboration with Noongar groups and families, and the UWA Albany Campus. This project combines traditional ecological knowledge and western sceience to establish protocols and contemporary management techniques for the care of our natural assets. 

In this film made in November 2021, Noongar Merningar Elder, Lynette Knapp is out on Boodja (country) at Tootanellup west of Mt Barker in Western Australia’s Great Southern. Auntie Lyn shares the life giving importance of wetlands to Noongar culture, as well as providing fascinating insight into how traditionally her people care for these freshwater wetlands. Auntie Lyn describes how Noongar people are a totemic people, with plant and animal totems, and the importance attached to protecting these.  

Filming and Editing by Michael Hemmings, Concept by Basil Schur. Thanks to Lynette Knapp, Professor Stephen Hopper (UWA), Dr Alison Lulliftiz (UWA), Susannah Cramp and Harrison Rodd-Knapp. The film was funded by @greenskillsinc with input from the Koorabup Trust.

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