Nimbin Aboriginal Culture Centre
Connections to Country through Storytelling and Art
You are invited to visit the Nimbin Aboriginal Culture Centre located within the Nimbin Community Centre,
with the best access from Sibley Street opposite the Nimbin Skatepark.
The Allsop Park Mural - Our Place, Our Country- telling the story
As part of our NAIDOC day Celebrations 2019 we had the honor of unveiling a Dual languages sign to accompany the Allsop Park mural commissioned in 2017 by Lismore City Council. The NCCI was involved in managing the Mural project with the Indigenous Artists Gilbert Laurie, Lewis Walker and Oral Roberts who worked from the Nimbin Aboriginal Cultural Centre while the work was being painted. The mural depicts an important creation story from the Bundjalung Nation. It was during this process that the idea of seeking funding to create a dual languages sign (in English and in Bundjalung) was first discussed with the artists.
The NCCI successfully applied for a grant via the Commonwealth Indigenous Arts and Languages Program 2018. The artists then worked together to write the story and identify the landscape, constellations and indigenous animals depicted in the mural in both English and Bundjalung. The unveiling of the sign featured 2 of the artists explaining the story in both languages and accompanied by an Auslan Interpreter to improve accessibility to the information presented. The Lismore City Council Mayor Isaac Smith unveiled the sign and spoke eloquently about the significance of the sign and the rich cultural traditions of the local Indigenous Community. As part of the project the event was also filmed and uploaded.
Back when it happened (Guurii Abuu)
In the Ancient Peoples Dreamtime (Guurii Abuu Buuthrum) the two headed serpent (nyah buulabu bawurr nguyribaa) and the sleeping lizard (wuddarm narmal) had a battle (boombalare). The sleeping lizard (wuddarm narmal) was woken by the serpent (nguyribaa) which was destroying the sacred sites (juubihl) and taking the lives of our people (nuli guurii) and the animals (gudjim) as they rumbled and tumbled, creating the valleys (gabang), the mountains (dugun) and our mystical river ways (bulan).
The old man platypus (mabang Djungbung) called upon the sea animals (burugar gudjim) and the land animals (jugan gudjim), to bear witness to the battle (nyah boombalare). Then the willy wagtail (Djirrah-Djirrah), the peacemaker came to the battling giants and told them to go (yanbihba) to the battle ground (nyah boombalare). So they went to a place now called Evans Head (Gamii Garraa) the east coast of our country (ngali jugan) and more rivers (bulan) and valleys (gabang) were created as the goanna (Dirrawong) stood up on her two back legs and forced the mighty serpent (Noungbah) to leave our sacred land (wan-jugan).
And now today (bayarn) we know the Goanna Headlands (ngamaal bawurr juganbu) as the land of the Goanna (jugan Dirrawong).
As told by Lewis Walker
The Dual Languages Sign
Below are the links to the video of the opening of the Dual languages sign. It includes the mural artists Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker speaking about the story and its significance in both English and Bundjalung and the unveiling by Lismore City Council Mayor Isaac Smith;
Gilbert Laurie speaking about the mural- https://youtu.be/-L3mlkG2ptk
Lewis Walker speaking about the mural- https://youtu.be/wjjL-RMSy58
The entire event of the unveiling of the sign- https://youtu.be/6IVLX7Arjgs
Mayor Isaac Smith speaking and unveiling the mural sign- https://youtu.be/W-Ptf1zslKg