Hi all – having Inode issues again atm so apologies if anyone was trying to look at the website. I dont know if this post will be published as its probably the file that breaks the camels back. I have too many photos on this site & crazy domains / word press are sick of trying to squeeze me into a shared server. I dont know the difference between DNS & VPS or SEO & SSD. The words cpanel & vsphere send shivers down my spine and the last 2 days have been hell. Also for the customer service crew & tech support people at crazy domains as well I suspect. On the bright side – its been raining so it was always going to a choice between battling with the website or housework! So Ive taken stress leave from Scar Trees | Scar trees & hung the pictures in the hall, finished the ironing & vaccumed up all the mouse shit.
The really exciting news is cultural confirmation of Trees in Trees from Allan Tighe who was told trees were planted ie in the ground when someone important was born & planted in the dead sections of other trees when they died. Whether this was seeds, seedlings or cuttings we dont know or if the type of guest tree planted depended on one’s totem. We do know the mourning period for the Gomeroi was lengthy so watering the commemorative tree may have been like the way people take flowers to graves or leave them near the site of a road accident. There is a company called Bios urn who does a similar thing with your ashes after cremation apparently so its interesting how very different cultures converge. They call them soul trees which would be a lovely name for these TinTs as well.
More soul tree news is the discovery of TinTs on Euahlayi country around Cumborah just 10 ks west of here. Cumborah had/ still has permanent springs and good natural water catchments. Legend has it Gullygooranah created these wells along the ridge line for hunters & travelers. There are other scarred trees as well but we didnt see any Ringtrees. ‘We’ included Allan & I and Kerry Flint who I would like to thank for her time & deep spiritual knowledge. Kerry as built a beautiful rock spiral down on the big dam at Cumborah as a place of reflection & concentration of our earth forces. The ages of the wilga & peachbush guests around this dam varies but one is very big. Some of the guests are dead & some we would have missed but when Jen Silcock & her partner come in April we will have another wander down there. Wandering is done in leather boots due to the Hudson valley pear invasion. This noxious cactus is a blight on the town, the surrounding properties and a bloody disgrace !!!!
Basically what the ‘soul tree’ findings mean is that the Kamilaroi, Wailwun & Euahlayi all grew trees in other trees in far north west NSW. These TinTs are found near natural water / native wells, scarred trees and other CMTs. Cultural knowledge is scarce but points to these trees been created as memorials. If anyone has any information that would be helpful or has any photos of TinTs – we would love to see them. Send to email@example.com or Allan Tighe 0447 069 958 – The lack of interest from academics & indigenous institutions is a bloody disgrace too ….