Stories of Country – The Emu (Wetji) Cave Dreaming

Nature Play WA recognises the important and ongoing connections between Aboriginal cultures and the natural world (Country).

Through our Every Kid in a Park project, we will be working with representatives of Aboriginal communities around the state to learn more about their Connection to Country through stories and illustrations. We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of spirit those communities have shown in sharing their stories with us and allowing us to onshare them with you.

Through this project we hope to play a small part in helping WA families recognise and appreciate the diversity, richness and beauty of Aboriginal cultures and their deep connections to our magnificent natural world.

We would like to thank Derek Nannup, cultural leader and tour guide with Parks and Wildlife Service for sharing the story of The Emu (Wetji) Cave Dreaming and recording it as an audio story. Derek shared this with us through an original transcript, narrated by Nyoongar Elder, Ken Colbung.

Story shared by Derek Nannup
Story developed by Derek Nannup and Clare Reid
Illustrations created by Tyrown Waigana from Crawlin’ Crocodile

Download and read (or listen to) the Wetji’s story, and colour in the the wonderful illustrations!

Download the story of The Emu (Wetji) Cave Dreaming

Listen to Derek Nannup read the story of The Emu (Wetji) Cave Dreaming

We Acknowledge
Nature Play WA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, as the custodians of the land where our team lives and works. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and recognise the continuing connection of Indigenous people to their land, waters, sky, culture and community. We pay our respect to all Indigenous people of this land; ancestors, elders and young ones.