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Welcome to Kick the Butt!

Welcome to the first online article for Kick the Butt! It’s important that we take the time to firstly acknowledge that all work completed on this website has been done on Wurundjeri land- we acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of this land. We pay our respects to its Elders past and present who carry and pass on the culture, wisdom and stories of their country. We also want to pay our respects to the future Elders – our youth. Especially those of you deadly mob who passed on your culture, wisdom and stories that formed this website. Kick the Butt has been made by you as a place for all youth to enjoy, get knowledge about smoking and be strong in deadly Aboriginal culture!

It’s important that we take the time to firstly acknowledge that all work completed on this website has been done on Wurundjeri land- we acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of this land. We pay our respects to its Elders past and present who carry and pass on the culture, wisdom and stories of their country. We also want to pay our respects to the future Elders – our youth. Especially those of you deadly mob who passed on your culture, wisdom and stories that formed this website. Kick the Butt has been made by you as a place for all youth to enjoy, get knowledge about smoking and be strong in deadly Aboriginal culture!

At the grand opening of some new place or special event like NAIDOC there is usually a smoking ceremony (and I reckon if we could do some cyber smoking ceremony for this website we would- how deadly would that be!). But what is smoking ceremony and why is it so special? A small fire is made usually with the leaves of 3 important plants – the wattle which is the symbol for Elders, the cherry ballart which is the symbol for youth and the river red gum which is the symbol of the entire community. The smoke of these leaves is used to cover the bodies of people walking through the smoke. The smoke is special because it cleanses the people; it cleanses the area and can be used to send prayers to Bunjil. People walking through the smoke leave behind old worries and begin fresh with something new.

Jindi

Image of Jindi Worabak dancers taken by Dandenong journal

Kick the Butt is a new voice for the youth to pass on their wisdom that smoking ceremony is the only smoking that’s part of culture. Tobacco smoking steals life and kills culture – smoking ceremony heals life and strengthens culture.

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