The Awakening is a traditional Aboriginal ritual that holds the spirituality for the 5 Lands Walk. It is a dawn ceremony usually held one week before the 5 Lands Walk at a special location, which is of significant cultural and spiritual value to the local Aboriginal community.
"We look to the “Morning Star, the first light, and remember Baiyami and Gyian the Whale’s journey from the Mirrabooka (the Milky Way) to spread the kinship system among all living things - as Baiyami descended upon the empty land he crushed the mountain of Yango and suddenly a light appeared in the eastern sky, it was the birth of the Morning Star” (Darkinjung ElderGavi Duncan)
"The Awakening reminds us of what is required to be reconciled to one another and to Mother Earth" (The Reverend Dr. Jonathon Inkpin).
The 2017 Awakening Ceremony will be held on Kincumba Mountain You're welcome to join us - we'll be gathering from around 5.45am, with the greeting of the morning star when it rises around 7.00am.
Sharing food is a tradition in almost all cultures on Earth, including in Aboriginal culture.
So those who attend the Awakening bring some food to share after the ceremony.
The ceremony takes place at the important women's site at the summit of Kincumba Mountain, at the kiosk building. Just turn up on the morning. You can find it by following Kincumber St, Kincumber, past Kincumber High and Holy Cross schools, to the turn round bay, but keep going through the gate into Kincumba Mountain Reserve. Then follow the dark, narrow but sealed road up the hill for about 2 kms. The kiosk is the on your left; it's the only building up there.
Here's some photos of The Awakening from previous years.