Tjilbruke Sunset Picture

~ Original Photograph is taken of the Tjilbruke Monument @ Kingston Park.

Tjilbruke (also Tjirbruki) is an important Creation Ancestor folklore / law of the *Kaurna* people of the Adelaide Plains.

The lore tells of a time when all the people lived in accord with peaceful trading Laws which governed all the peoples lives. The Law was brought to the land, and 'Old Tjirbruki' who lived as an ordinary man, a keeper of the Law which came from the South, after the water covered the land. Tjirbruki's dearly loved nephew was killed; for breaking the law and killing a female emu; he came and carried the body of his nephew down the Fleurieu Peninsula coast of Gulf St Vincent, after his nephew was killed while hunting.

The path Tjilbruke took along the coast is incorrectly referred to as "Tjilbruke's Trail". It should be referred to as the Tjirbruki Dreaming Tracks, and is a journey into the Hunter Gatherer Peoples past, and the long History of the Land.

It pre-dates British occupation and colonisation, and the Australian Federation, and is the history of thousands of years of generations of Sovereign Original People.

The acknowledged site at Warriparinga (Windy place by River) is the Gateway of Tjilbruke Dreaming. This site is situated at Bedford Park within the grounds of Warriparinga Wetland and Sturt River. It is still used as a ceremonial camp site by the Kaurna and their friends.

In 2001 a Federal Government funded Reconciliation project in partnership with the City of Marion and the Kaurna Community (Dixon and Williams Clans) built a Visitor and Education centre for indigenous and non-indigenous people to come together and reconcile differences in the now metropolitan suburb of Marion.

The Tjilbruke dreaming story cover 4 Council areas, following the southern Adelaide coastline through to Rapid Bay and Cape Jervis.

The trail is marked by the "tears" of Tjirbruki, which created the natural, fresh-water springs throughout, and was officially marked by Cairns and plaques during the 150th celebration of the "Settlement" of the state of S.A.

They can be found along the coast, and in close proximity to the sea shore, starting at Kingston Park [where this photo is taken] and continuing south along the cost to Rapid Bay.

The story of Tjilbruke tells that at sunset every night of his journey Tjilbruke would cry over his nephew's body and his tears became a spring.

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