My Family's Totem
In this story, Mark explains the importance of totems in Aboriginal Australian culture.
He talks about his Wiradjuri Family's totem, the Gugaa, or goanna, and how it teaches his family about life.
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About the author
Mark is a proud Wiradjuri (Central NSW) and European man who is an emerging writer and artist. Growing up he learnt about culture and language from the Aboriginal community on the Far North Coast, NSW. He’s qualified with a master's degree in Indigenous Studies and a master's degree in Business Administration. He’s an experienced social worker and currently manages his own cultural consultancy business. He is passionate about culture and reconciliation. He strives to live the Wiradjuri word of Yindyamurra, which means to live with gentleness and kindness.