Of course, all of Australia is indigenous land, and this website acknowledges this fact.
I acknowledge the many Nations that hold connection with the mountains of South Eastern Australia and lutruwita/ Tasmania, and that sovereignty was never ceded. The high country of the South East exists within the traditional lands of the Dhudhuroa, Jaitmathang, Taungurung, Gunaikurnai, Wurundjeri, Ngarigo, Bidwell/Bidawal and other peoples.
In time I hope to be able to feature both information and interviews from and about local Indigenous communities.
Resources from Indigenous peoples
For details on indigenous languages in the Victorian Alps and surrounding areas, check here.
First nation aspirations for the high country. Mountain Journal (2021) magazine has brief outlines from:
- Jaithmathang, and
About their aspirations for the High Country. Available here.
Voices of people of the Taungurung Clan.
Traditional Owners Reference Group (TORG). A report on the May 2010 gathering of the Alps TORG, held in Jindabyne.
Indigenous related stories and links on this website
Jaithmathang Original Country elders are returning to the mountains to reconnect with their Yerto (meaning land/country high up). This story was produced by North East Catchment Management Authority and reproduced with their permission. Story here. 2021.
An article on the Gunaikurnai and Taungurung people’s negotiations around boundaries in the High Country
Article on Alpine Traditional Owners re-asserting their rights.
Mount Wills (VIC) – some reflections on ownership, connection to place and uncovering the past.
The Jaithmathangs are a range on the western side of the Bogong High Plains in Victoria, which were long known as the Niggerheads. They were renamed in 2009, after consultation with the Indigenous community. There is some information on the issues that came up around the re-naming here.