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- GUNAIKURNAI Culture
Although Aboriginal tribes throughout Australia communicated with carved message sticks and paintings, there was no written form for Aboriginal languages before 1788. For this reason there are still many variations in how Aboriginal language words are spelled.
Gunai (sometimes spelled Kurnai) is the name of the tribal group, which has inhabited the Gippsland region for at least 18,000 years.
Koorie or Koori is a term widely used by Aboriginal people living in southeastern Australia as an expression of shared identity.
"We belong to one another. We're all part of the Gunai nation, one way or the other. Some come from the Western District, some from the Murray River, but they all still have family ties here in Gippsland. We're just proud of who we are - Aboriginal East Gippsland, full stop."
Please treat all sites along the trail with respect and care to ensure they are preserved for future generations.
Development of the Bataluk Cultural trail is a joint initiative of the Far East Gippsland Aboriginal Corporation, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Moogji Aboriginal Council, Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council.