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Dyarubbin

When

Every day, 9am to 5pm Monday 29 March to Sunday 13 March 2022

Cost

Free

Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury river, begins at the confluence of the Grose and Nepean rivers and ends at Broken Bay.

This long, winding and ancient river has been home to the聽Darug聽people for millennia and is a vital and sustaining resource.聽Darug聽culture, spirituality and sense of being are all intrinsically connected to the river. Its bends and features are encoded with meaning.聽

Dyarubbin鈥檚鈥痜ertile flood plains became prized agricultural land which was needed to support the early colony. 1794 marks the beginning of a period of devastation and loss for聽Darug聽people as settlers took land along the river, ultimately culminating in brutal warfare as聽Darug聽warriors fought to defend their lands and livelihoods.聽

The landscape of the river, the people who live there and the way it is used have changed, but聽Darug聽people still live, and thrive, on Dyarubbin. In this exhibition Darug聽knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright share their culture and stories of special sites along鈥疍yarubbin鈥痑s shared custodians of this beautiful and haunting place.

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