Koomal is the traditional Aboriginal name of Wadandi man Josh Whiteland, the creator of Koomal Dreaming. From his home in Dunsborough in the beautiful Margaret River region of Western Australia, Josh gives visitors the opportunity to hear Dreamtime stories, taste native foods, discover bush medicine, and experience traditional fire lighting.
Josh is deeply committed to sharing his people’s profound connection with the land and his knowledge of Aboriginal culture and lore. His Koomal Dreaming tours take visitors on bushwalks, identifying traditional medicine plants along the way. Josh shares his vast understanding of the region and a memorable didgeridoo performance in Ngilgi Cave.
The Wadandi people of the Dunsborough, Busselton, and Margaret River areas of southwest Australia have walked the land for over 50,000 years. Now, Josh ‘Koomal’ Whiteland of Koomal Dreaming brings their stories, history, culture, and art to life with his authentic, personal interpretation, providing a deeper appreciation of the Cape-to-Cape region of WA.
On one of his fascinating tours, Wadandi custodian Josh shares stories of the area’s Dreaming spirits. It’s a unique way to experience Wadandi and Bibbulmun country through the eyes of the world’s oldest living culture.
Koomal Dreaming tours give visitors the opportunity to meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have been an integral part of the lives of the indigenous Wadandi and Bibbulmun people for tens of thousands of years. Josh also shows how his people collected native foods and how they were prepared. He also shows how specific plants were used as bush medicine to cure just about every ailment.
Josh ‘Koomal’ is a talented musician and dancer, performing didgeridoo, percussion, and traditional song and dance. His tours venture deep into Ngilgi Cave where the good spirit Ngilgi dwells. It’s here that Josh, with his unique way of storytelling, shares his passion for Dreamtime stories.
The Wadandi ‘forest people by the sea’ live within the Cape-to-Cape, Warren Blackwood region of Western Australia. They maintain an intricate system of living by the six seasonal rotations as they have done for over 50,000 years.
Josh is also an accomplished artist who has created in the Wadandi people’s specific style of traditional designs. His work depicts the land, animals, and sea and the connection traditional owners have to the country.
In the stillness of Ngilgi Cave, Josh delivers an enthralling and skilful didgeridoo performance in the stillness of the cave. Visitors have commented that it’s been a highlight of their tour through Margaret River.
The Southwest corner from Capel in the northwest, Busselton, Yallingup, Margaret River and Augusta in the south is the region of the Sea God Wardan. The Wardandi (sea people) are the traditional custodians of this land.
Their language is recorded as Burron Wongi and they referred to Dunsborough as Quedjinup, meaning ‘Place of Women.’
The Noongar Nation is one of the largest Aboriginal cultural blocs in Australia. It covers the whole southwest corner of WA. At the time of British settlement, there were up to 15 Noongar language dialects in this area.
Koomal Dreaming Tours include Aboriginal Food, Culture Cave and Didge Tour, Ngilgi Cave Cultural Tour, Didgeridoo Cave Tour, and a Twilight Didgeridoo Cave Tour. All incorporate Josh’s unique storytelling of the Dreaming and a truly memorable didgeridoo experience.
The European ‘discovery’ of Ngilgi cave was attributed to Edward Dawson, Fred Seymour, and William Curtis around 1899. It is said they stumbled upon the entrance while searching the area for wild horses and dingo pups.
This magical cave, with its remarkable stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, and exquisitely coloured shawls, was the first tourist attraction in Western Australia.
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