Photographer's Note

This is part of Encounter Bay, I believe there is a seal colony out on this little island. Some of the other images I have posted in the past of this area have been just the other side of the Bluff where the sea is very rough in comparison to this sheltered bay. I have chosen to give you some history relating to the Indigenous people who lived here before European settlement.

Victor Harbor

Indigenous Significance

The Ngarrindjeri were a confraternity of 18 Aboriginal clans whose people populated the area from Cape Jervis to Kingston for forty thousand years or more. The Ramindjeri were the clan who inhabited the region around Encounter Bay. Good rainfall, two rivers and the sea meant that food was abundant and so the Ramindjeri enjoyed a permanent location at a place called Yilki. They were industrious and resourceful producing canoes and nets for fishing on the lakes and rivers. They made rugs and cloaks from skins and mats and baskets from river rushes. For the most part the clans lived in peace with each other and confrontations were no more serious than the sporting rivalry today between neighbouring districts. They had a well developed cultural and social structure supported by a rich mythology and they lived in harmony with nature and each other. Their mythology explained their surroundings and its origins. Ainslie Roberts, the world renowned painter who lived at Yilki for many years, interpreted many Aboriginal myths in his paintings.


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Additional Photos by Debbie Linkevics (deblink) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 97 N: 715] (2548)
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