Black Knowledge is proud to announce we have a tour in the NSW 2016 National Heritage Trust festival. It's based on our recent project in Parramatta that included both Māori and Koori research and stakeholder liason. The tour is being developed by Kotahi Tourism Directors Melinda Loe and Hohepa Ruhe - winners of the 2015 NSW National Trust heritage Award for Poihākena tours: stories of Māori in Sydney and Black Knowledge Australia's Research Assistant Tyrell Kamira-Sams, who will be the guiding Parramatta Mãori Tours. Here's an extract about the tour from the Festival website:
Follow the footsteps of visiting Māori Chiefs and discover Parramatta’s intriguing Māori heritage since 1805.
The tour begins where Chiefs disembarked at Parramatta Wharf. With a Māori-Koori guide, you’ll visit heritage sites including Old Government House, Kings School and St Johns Church, and see taonga (treasured objects) – pounamu (greenstone) and traditional Māori carving. You’ll get hands-on with taonga and hear surprising stories of Māori in Parramatta from 1805 to the present, where 1 in 5 Māori now live in Australia – many of them in Parramatta!
This engaging new tour is based on Māori historian Maraama Kamira’s book “Māori Trade and Relations in Parramatta”, currently being published by Parramatta City Council.
Parramatta Māori Tours take place on Dharug Country – always has been, always will be.
The tour will run the last Saturday of the month during the festival (April - May 2016).