About the Dunghutti People
The Macleay Valley is the traditional home of the Dunghutti of which there are four tribes: Dangaddi, Dainggati, Thungutti and Djunghatti.. Indigenous Australians, Koori people from around Kempsey, Bellbrook, South West Rocks, Fredrerickton, Crescent Head, Hat Head, & Walcha New South Wales.
Dunghutti people of Macleay Valley were affected by government policy, through resistance to colonial process, suffered massacres by settlers and police, Were incorporated into economy through clearing bush and stock work, Segregated into reserves at Bellbrook, Burnt Bridge by Aboriginal Protection Board, followed by assimilation policies of Aboriginal Welfare Board.
Guardians of the Land Goes to New Home
Guardians of the land is off to its new home with Greg and Annette. Interestingly Greg is a Dunghutti man like myself… And they live nearby! So its great to see a painting going off to a home with such a nice couple
Meeting Richard Campbell
We have had the incredible honour of meeting Aboriginal Artist Richard Campbell of the Dhungutti People from Far North NSW.
We spent an afternoon at the Reconciliation Church at La Perouse listening to Richard tell his stories from his time at Kinchela Boys home right through his journey in life to become a well known and respected artist.
There was not a dry eye in the church and we certainly walked out of there with a greater knowledge of what happened to the children that were stolen from their families and sent to live in these homes.
We have had an amazing week, with some great opportunities being given to us, but our time spent listening and talking to Richard and seeing his amazing artwork is something that will be etched in our hearts and minds forever.