Meet the Mob: Aunty Margret
Meet…. Aunty Margret
Aunty Margret ( known as “Muughi”), was born in Dunghutti Homelands, at sunset near bend in the Macleay River and raised at Burnt Bridge and South West Rocks by 7 ”mums” including her eldest Sister, and 6 ”dads” who all moved her and her other Sister Elizabeth around to family members to avoid becoming a member of stolen generation, has a kinship family of 71 people, including direct skin mob of 8 siblings, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
As the 2nd youngest in her biological family, Margret was reared from age 5 amongst Dunghutti custodianship kinship systems and learned about Baranbyatti or Milky Way and Dreamtime Southern X (cross). Growing up on sunrise sandstone saltwaters along North East Coast of NSW, Margret considers herself to be one of the lucky ones and treasures the rich legacy of her kinship based family’s Cultural Dreamtime inheritance.
To spend time with Margret is to understand both the inherent living wisdom and practical relevancy of her Ancestor’s Blueprint and the tangible, multi-dimensional ways in which the Dreamtime still influences and shapes the modern world and her individual and collective belonging to this ancient lands we affectionately now call downunder.
At 69 years young, Margret has experienced some of Australia’s most turbulent political decades of racial injustice, inequality and discrimination and the revolutionary initiatives that evolved as a result. Notably, Margret was inspired by the Freedom Bus Ride in 1965, led by Charles Perkins and many other elder women, who exposed the rampant racial discrimination in rural New South Wales and highlighted the need to provide access to justice for all Aboriginal people.
Who’s your mob?
Dunghutti on my Great Great Grandmothers ( Moran ) mob, and Jerrinjah on my Great Great Grandfathers ( Campbell) mob. Both are Aboriginal saltwater sunrise people’s, and hold part of the huge songlines of the big Praying Mantis and Whale Dreaming Stories. Not to mention the many other Totem family members.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Passing on or teaching the living Dreamtime legacy to people who are interested in learning and exploring more of it, and becoming a Custodian of it all.
What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
An elder passing on the ceremony of me turning 60Years of age and having family and friends witness that as they participated in my “birthday“ event, in stead of going to the PUB – and doing the getting drunk and cutting a birthday cake. This memory I consider my “career” or as I prefer to say receiving my Custodianship ceremony, will always be deeply etched in my mind.
If you could do anything, besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?
Im living my dreaming being so happy and at peace right now and therefore doing what I really wanna do.
What do you want people to understand most about our culture?
The extraordinary human connection to seasonal environments across skies-waters-landscape, re activating our natural birthday signs with totem kinship systems that include more than just human beings in our families, and, the harmony and balance of how this all fits into our continuing custodianship cultural practices.
What do you think the biggest misconception is about our culture?
That here in Sydney and NSW our Culture and people were all killed off by the brutal invasion, and the violent germ warfare mounted by the 1st english Refugee’s and the convict Asylum Seekers, and their policy of breeding us out via stolen generations all hidden under the guise of the white australian policy.
What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?
Writing my Dreamtime Stories which will be coming out soon. Other than that, nurturing and yarning up with my Totem Plants on my verandah so I can relax – do barbie – sip a Red Shiraz with family and friends whenever I can.
Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
Northern Lights in YellowKnife Canada and a white Xmas. I’ve been researching past 20years 1st people’s connection to these sacred Dreamtime SkyWorld Colours. Its fascinating.
What are your hobbies?
Plants and Home Indoor and Outdoor Decor
Quote to live by
Socrates: They may not recall what you say, They may not recall how you said it, BUT, they will always remember how you made them feel.
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