Nauo elders to share Coffin Bay’s Aboriginal history

SHARING CULTURE: Nauo elder Jody Miller pictured in 2014 with Nauo descendants Grant Wanganeen Senior, Conrad Newchurch, and (front) Grant Wanganeen Junior and Jordan Wanganeen.

SHARING CULTURE: Nauo elder Jody Miller pictured in 2014 with Nauo descendants Grant Wanganeen Senior, Conrad Newchurch, and (front) Grant Wanganeen Junior and Jordan Wanganeen.

Nauo elders and anthropologists will shed light on the Aboriginal history of the Coffin Bay area at a community meet and greet session at the end of the month.

Nauo elder Jody Miller will be among the elders taking part in the event, which he said would educate the community about Nauo culture and their storylines.

Mr Miller said he thought it may be the first time in South Australia a Native Title claim group had been approached by a community to share their stories and culture.

Coffin Bay resident Brian Witty helped initiate the event because of the lack of knowledge and acknowledgement in the community about the Aboriginal people that lived in the area before white settlement.

He said the evening would provide an introduction to the history of Coffin Bay and Eyre Peninsula from a Nauo perspective where people would also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own knowledge of local history.

There has been a real thirst for information in the area.

Mr Witty said there had already been a lot of interest from the community.

“There has been a real thirst for information in the area.”

He said the event was the first step and future initiatives could include acknowledging local landmarks of significance to the Nauo people through signage and, or, tours.

Seven Nauo elders will speak at the event along with local anthropologist and archaeologist Dr Scott Cane and anthropologist and historian Dr Belinda Liebelt.

The free event will be held at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club on Thursday, May 31 at 7pm.