Quinns Beach Noongar history walk enlightens trekkers


Bindi Bindi Dreaming guide Marissa Verma and walkers. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479647
Bindi Bindi Dreaming guide Marissa Verma and walkers. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479647

ABOUT 30 people learnt about bush tucker and Noongar history during a walk along the Quinns Beach foreshore this week.

Bindi Bindi Dreaming guide Marissa Verma led the February 19 walk, organised by Perth Natural Resource Management (NRM).

Ms Verma talked about the Noongar season of Bunuru, the history of Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) and its spiritual significance in Noongar culture.

“The walk focused on bush tucker food and the history of the area – such as how the Noongar people would use the limestone caves to shelter from the sun but still catch the sea breeze and keep cool in the summer,” Perth NRM communications manager Abi Smalley said.

“The attendees learned about making damper from Wilyawa seeds (Acacia cyclopes), how the Koorla vines (Hardenbergia comptoniana) were used as ropes, tasted saltbush berries, and tried the fleshy base of coastal sword-sedge (Lepidosperma gladiatum – Noongar name is Kerbein) that was chewed to help relieve thirst.”

Bindi Bindi Dreaming guide Marissa Verma and walkers. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479647

The walking group included nine home schooled children aged four to nine.

Perth NRM will host similar walks at the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre for the Djeren season on April 12 and Heirisson Island for Makuru season on June 14.

Visit www.perthnrm.com for more information or call 9374 3333.

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