As the sacred lores were given, the message told
that we always continue to celebrate our ancestors of Earth and Creation,
remembering those journeys through time which give us the life we enjoy to this day.
will mark the year that a Message Stick is carried through the 5 Lands on the day of Walk.
It is carried by its Guardian, an Aboriginal Youth, representing both the youth of the Central Coast and the Aboriginal community.
Aimee Young, the 2014 Guardian handed the Message Stick to the 2015 Guardian, Claudia Kent, at the 2015 Launch ceremony on 13 April.
It was Claudia's responsibility to bring the message stick to the 5 Lands Walk on 20 June 2015, carry it to all the 5 Lands and read the message.
Here's what Claudia said when she took on this responsibility:
"To all Aboriginal elders and people present today, and our other distinguished guests – it’s a great honour
to be chosen to be the custodian of the message stick on behalf of Aboriginal youth for the 10th anniversary
of the Five Lands Walk.
This year will be my 5th time
doing the Five Lands Walk, and I’m so proud to be carrying the message stick
through Darkinjung country. Whilst my family may not be originally from this land,
they moved to the area almost 90 years ago and have never left, so I do see this as my country.
Aboriginal culture is heard through our ears, kept in our minds, and held in our hearts forever.
I hope to represent you well at the walk and celebrate all of the participating cultures that help to make our nation so great."
The 5 Lands Walk Message
Country connects us – did we forget?
Treat it gently – did we forget?
Softly tread the path – did we forget?
We bring change – did we forget?
We walk the same path with all our differences
The path that speaks to us all
Whispers from the stars, the fire and the mountains
Through the streams and rivers and across the seas
The path that speaks to us all
Whispers through the casuarinas
The grasses, the palms, the bush
The sand, the soil, the rocks and stones
It speaks to us all
Speaks softly to us all, if we listen
We are country
Let’s not forget.
"We look to the “Morning Star, the first light, and remember Baiyami
and Gyian the Whale’s journey from the Mirrabooka (the Milky Way) to
spread the kinship system among all living things - as Baiyami descended
upon the empty land he crushed the mountain of Yango and suddenly a light
appeared in the eastern sky, it was the birth of the Morning Star”
(Darkinjung Elder Gavi Duncan)
"The Awakening reminds us of what is required to be reconciled to one another and to Mother Earth"
(The Reverend Dr. Jonathon Inkpin).
The Awakening Ceremony will be held on Kincumba Mountain.
You're welcome to join us - we'll be
gathering from around 5.45am, with the greeting of the morning star when it rises around 7.00am.
The ceremony takes place at the important women's site at the summit of Kincumba Mountain,
at the kiosk building. Just turn up on the morning. You can find it by following Kincumber St, Kincumber,
past Kincumber High and Holy Cross schools, to the turn round bay, but keep going through the gate into
Kincumba Mountain Reserve. Then follow the dark, narrow but sealed road up the
hill for about 2 kms. The kiosk is the on your left; it's the only building up there.