Kaya Wondju Nidjar Moorditch Nyungar Boodjar
Hello and Welcome to this beautiful Nyungar Country
We wish to acknowledge the Nyungar People who are the Traditional Owners and Custodians on whose land we work and live. We acknowledge their cultural, spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional connection to this Country, the Land and Sea. We wish to pay our respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.
Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) is a Not for Profit, Community Purpose organisation with a focus on cultural education and preservation. Our vision is to Celebrate Culture and Share Knowledge, and our goal is to Promote Learning and Wellness, by Connecting People, Ideas and Resources.
MUDJAR | Nuytsia floribunda
Mudjar is a Nyungar word. The Mudjar Tree is an indicator of Birak (Summer – December and January), and if it flowers early Birak will be early, if it flowers late Birak will be late. Nyungar knowledge tells us that when you see the flowers at their most vibrant is when it is the hottest time of year. Nyungars made use of the Mudjar Tree during the season called Kambarang (October – November) obtaining bark to make shields, and collecting the gum that exudes from the wound, which is sweet and eaten raw. The trees flowering was also the sign that crayfish came out of their caves for eating.
The Mudjar Boorn (Tree) is a very special sacred and powerful spiritual carrier of Wirn or Spiritual Power. The Mudjar Tree is regarded as highly spiritual because it is associated with the spirits of the dead who according to the ‘old people’ “camped” on the branches and flowers of the tree on their way to Kurannup – the land of the ancestors across the Western ocean. This tree was sacred to all Nyungar people throughout southwestern Australia from Jurien Bay to the east of Esperance.
The story about Mudjar Yok, the Christmas tree woman, is a dreamtime story from long ago. Mudjar Yok was a very beautiful Nyungar woman, with lovely, golden hair. She was loved because she was helpful and kind to Yennar (the people). Moodjar Yok became very ill and this saddened the people so before she died, she promised that she would come back to visit. Her spirit now comes back to visit in the Mudjar Tree when the golden flowers are displayed, which brings everyone joy.
MAC developed the Nyungar Kaditj (Understanding Nyungar) Program after the Aboriginal, and wider community recognised the need for increased cultural understanding to improve engagement between indigenous and non-indigenous people in our community.
Our projects aim to bring about positive changes in the community through providing a culturally safe and secure environment for Aboriginal People to access and engage in meaningful activities and to develop a greater sense of understanding between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people by providing opportunities to participate in project activities and events.
COMING SOON – Mudjar Cultural Gardens is Ngulla Mia (our place) Our vision for the gardens is to create a landscape encapsulating the living culture of our people, enabling our family to share with the community stories about our Country, our people, our language, our plants and animals, our traditions and our ancestors.
Mudjar Aboriginal Gallery is a community and fair trade focused featuring a powerful collection of local artworks, authentic handcrafted traditional tools and ethically created and sourced giftwares. This guarantees that the original artists and their communities benefit from the royalties of all items sold bearing their unique stories and talents.
A stunning venue for all your meeting, training or function events. All the facilities you could need. At Mudjar, we have a selection of options are available for hire, including our stunning function room, our meeting room, and our fully equipped workshop or large three car shed.
COMING SOON – Developed in conjunction with the Mudjar Cultural Gardens our nursery grows a unique range of local native plants, focussing on significant bush food plants. Grown on site, the nursery also acts as training grounds for budding Aboriginal plant experts.
Address: 4 Woods Street, Esperance 6450
Postal: PO Box 1312, Esperance 6450
Phone: (08) 9071 5823
Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation
ABN 40 453 809 190
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am to 3pm