From the Sea

From the Sea

Allan Wilson, an Elder from the Wirangu tribe, recalls questioning his father about where his people came from. His father replied, "We came from the sea".

Wirangu consider themselves to be coastal people, and their traditional lives are centered on their relationship with the coast. Unlike many other Aboriginal tribes, Wirangu people considered seafood to be an important part of their diet. Traditional methods of fishing were used. These included the establishment of "fish traps" in some locations, either natural or placed rock formations which would channel fish into pools on the incoming tide.

Sticks and rocks would be used to scare the fish towards a hunter who would spear them. Wirangu people consumed a variety of shellfish, and shell fragments, middens and charred stones from campfires may still be seen today on the cliffs and in the sand hills of the Chain of Bays.

Some areas in the region, such as Murphy's Haystacks, are considered important as birthing sites. Mount Hall also is said to have spiritual significance. Coastal granite outcrops and vegetated dune hummocks are also considered meaningful.



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