Acknowledgement of Country –
Jilakin Rock City, Kulin
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land where our event is held – the Njaki Njaki Noongar people and their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this country and this region.
When European explorers rode through here 160 years ago it was the Njaki Njaki ancestors who welcomed them and showed them the waterholes at the base of the rocks. Their stories are woven in the landscape and it is their language that gave the names ‘Jilakin’ and ‘Kulin’ to the lake and the town.
When we stand below or climb up on the rocks and watch the sunrise and sunset, we remember and acknowledge the Njaki Njaki Noongar people who have been here since time immemorial and who are still here – custodians of all the country around us.
Each year we gather beside Jilakin Lake on farmland next to the Kulin Bush racetrack. This area is farmed by the Lucchesi family who came here generations ago and we thank them for hosting us here.
We pass through Kulin the community who support us and built the roads and the facilities we see around us. We are grateful to them for their welcome.
The Burning Man principle of Radical Inclusion which has been passed on to us at Blazing Swan says, “We welcome the stranger.” This is a transformative idea, and it is central to our thoughts about this event and our community. It is made even more significant, and we should be humbled to remember, that in this country we are the strangers who have been welcomed.
When we welcome the stranger, we are passing on a gift that has already been extended to us. Our rituals, the Greeters Gate, the consensual hug, the Welcome Home are just new ways of expressing something very old and part of our shared humanity.