Story: Cape Cultural Tours
Airdate: 22nd September 2019
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy
For those who like their walking tours to be both relaxed and informative, Cape Cultural tours offer fantastic tours through the Cape Naturaliste area.
- The bush surrounding Cape Naturaliste is absolutely full of bush fruits, vegetables and medicine plants. Melaleuca trees line the walk, which the Wardandi people used for camping.
- The tour is run by Josh Koomal Whiteland – Koomal, meaning brush-tailed possum, which is Josh’s Aboriginal name or totem.
- All Aboriginal people are given a totem at birth, as well as their family totem.
- For Aboriginal people, it is their responsibility to protect the animal they are named for – they cannot eat it and are charged with looking after its local habitat.
- At the camp meeting place, you’ll be able to learn how to build a fire using the flowers from the top of a grass tree – they are full of oil. It took Josh a couple years to master building a fire.
- Once the fire is going, visitors are given the chance to handle some traditional hunting and gathering tools – on top of this, Josh will demonstrate his skills on the digeridoo.
- Cape Cultural Tours offer longer tours including bush tucker, as well as private tours.