Wade Mann conducts cultural awareness workshops.
Wade Mann conducts cultural awareness workshops. Chris Ison Rokccultural

Elder Wade Mann works on awareness of Darumbal local history

IT WAS a massacre.

The indigenous people from Tungamull fled to the top of their mountain, Gawula, only to be pushed to a ledge where there was nowhere to run.

They lost their lives on their own land after a man named Captain Wheeler dispersed the indigenous people in Central Queensland to take their land.

This was just one of many massacres that happened in the 1800s.

Darumbal elder Wade Mann is on a mission to inform people today about not only the massacres, but all the indigenous culture and history of Central Queensland.

Wade holds cultural awareness training workshops for everyone, from students to business people, to help them understand the region's indigenous history.

"It's about understanding the past and hearing the stories of what happened," Wade said.

"It's not about blaming anyone; it's all about looking at the past and moving forward."

Wade's training workshops started last year and more than 40 people have gone along.

He even takes the time to visit schools and speak to students about history.

"Indigenous or not, everyone who comes learns something at the training," Wade said.

Wade's workshops talk about the removal of land to the protectors, and how indigenous people used to hunt.

"It's all about the (indigenous) history that people don't know about," Wade said.

"My training also talks about how the indigenous people lived in harmony and the laws that they lived by for tens of thousands of years.

"There's a 90-year gap because of the stolen generation, and I try to fill that gap.

Wade is looking to host another workshop in June.

CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING

Trainer Wade Mann speaks about the following:

Darumbal history

Indigenous storytelling

Hunting and weapon-making

Massacres at Myall Creek, Keppel Island, Gawula

History of the removal of indigenous people from the land

More workshops are in June. For details call 4930 4312



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