At Echo Point Lookout are information signage including the Muggadah Dreaming.
Welcome to Gedumbah from the Elders of the Gundungurra people
The Gundungurra landscape is respected by Anangus, Gooris, Kooris, Nungas and Murris.
This ancient country has evolved in the living history of its indigenous people. A traditional Gundungurra person’s name is associated with places, animals and plants from this country. Their name is an identification of their physical and spiritual relationship with the land. This landscape reflects the spirit of the Gundungurra.
The land is the Mother of its people’s spirit. The land sustains the heritage of a living culture. Everything has its own belonging in the ancestral landscape.
People and country are nurtured by spiritual dreaming stories
Gedumbah is the name of the valley seen from Echo Point. The name of this place has been interpreted by settlers as Kedumba, Godoomba and Katoomba. The basin bounded by Echo Point and Sublime Point east of the Sisters is Gundungurra women’s country. Further east from Kings Tableland to Nepean River is called Muggadah. The well known Three Sisters are part of the Seven Sisters — Muggadah Dreaming.
The story spans thousands of years and links other important dreaming sites and people across Australia.
Muggadah Dreaming is told in the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. Muggadah affects people’s consciousness, for its arrival indicates a time of gret planetary change. Ancient stone engravings at the cliff edges map the passage of stars in the night sky.
These dreaming stories belong to the traditional custodians and are told on different levels. Traditional law and custom prohibit the telling of the full story of the Seven Sisters to uninitiated people.
Billy Lynch (1830’s — 1913) was a Gundungurra leader who experienced the early impact of European settlement and survived to raise a large family and become a much-loved member of the Megalong Valley and Katoomba communities.Source: Echo Point Lookout signage
Footnote & References
- Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture, VisitNSW.com is the official tourism site for Destination NSW, Destination NSW, https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/blue-mountains/aboriginal-culture
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