Major "Moogy" Sumner


This afternoon I had the great pleasure of photographing Ngarrandjiri Elder Major "Moogy" Sumner at Uriarra Crossing in the ACT. Major was in Canberra from Adelaide on a location 'rekkie' at the Murrumbidgee River with local Ngunnawal Ranger Adrian Brown. It was great to keep an open ear to the conversation between the two men, who compared how each of their clans made boomerangs from the Casurina tree roots and spears from the trunks, "It's very hard wood, and very light", said Moogy.

For the first time in almost 200 years, as part of One River, the traditional owners of the lands around the Murray Mouth, the Ngarrindjeri, and the clans of the headwaters of the Murray and Murrumbidgee, the Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Ngarigo people, will connect the source to the sea by revitalising an ancient ceremony.

The Ngarrindjeri people, represented by elder Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner and the Tal-kin-jeri Dancers, will travel to Canberra and the surrounding regions in September 2013 to join the Ngunnawal nation and other Indigenous peoples for the Murra Bidgee Mullangari River Ceremony to heal the river and reinvigorate cultural ties between the source and the sea.

- See more about the upcoming ceremony here.