Waminda held their first Cultural Insight Tour in April with the family who won the auction at the Waminda fund raiser. The day began at the Worrigee St meeting room where the family was welcomed to Waminda by Cleone Wellington and Hayley Longbottom. They were then introduced to the staffs that were to accompany them for the day and given a brief overview of Waminda as a service. The family shared with the staff about themselves, their interests and why they wanted to come on the Cultural Insight Tour.
The Grandparents and two Granddaughters were then given gift bags with local products, books and information. Two cars set off for Green patch in Vincentia where they met up with local Elders Aunty Wendy Brown and Uncle Noel Wellington and other community members and children. Angie Brown and Natalie McLeod lead a smoking ceremony and painted ochre on everyone and explained the significance of this ceremony.
Aunty Wendy did the Welcome to Country in language and the interpretation of the Welcome. It was a beautiful day for a walk on the beach and explore the rock pools to collect periwinkles. The buckets of periwinkles were brought back to the day camp to be cooked up. Aunty Wendy then showed everyone bush tucker and medicines local to the Shoalhaven, followed by her interpretation of the Bundoola story. She then got the young women to clean the mullet for lunch with abalone shells and showed everyone how abalone was traditionally prepared by tenderizing them with rocks. Uncle Noel showcased his woodwork and shared his story and the language name of the scar trees which are the inspiration for his wood sculptures. Lunch was delicious and would definitely not have been out of place on MasterChef. It consisted of the cooked mullet, abalone and periwinkles on a bed of lemon myrtle, and surrounded by lily pillys, this was served with salad. Jonny cakes and golden syrup with tea or milo was served for dessert. The afternoon was spent yarning, painting clap sticks and making ‘Mookie catchers’. A great day was had by all, with friendships built and some really good feedback about the Cultural Insight Tour hopefully being the first of many.