Cultural Heritage Management can at times include site based cultural activities, performed on country. Last week Bunurong Elder Uncle Mik and his son Eric were invited to carry out a Smoking Ceremony as part of their Welcome to Country for Summerset Holdings. Summerset are preparing to build an aged care village in Cranbourne North. Uncle Mik and Eric performed a welcome to country with site workers taking part in a traditional smoking ceremony.
Summerset combined the welcome to country with the Turning of the Sod – a ceremony which acknowledges culture and heralds a new phase of the land’s story.
Attending the ceremony last week was a great opportunity to share in tradition with the Registered Aboriginal Party, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, and further respect for the relationship to country and a shared future.