Month: September 2009

Byron Tales: the ground we stand on

This place where we are matters in life’s big scheme, and in the minutiae of life. A special part of the festival was the Byron Tales event orchestrated by Jenni Cargill founder of The Story Tree Company that provides storytelling performances, workshops and recordings. Cargill chose as her theme “The Ground We Stand On” and invited seven speakers representing diverse constituencies of the community to talk about the forces that have shaped and changed Byron Bay. First up was Delta Kaye who representing the Arakwal Aboriginal people of Byron Bay. Delta entertained everyone with her warm stories of growing up in Byron. She told of playing hide and seek among the cows with a mob of kids- in the paddock where the new Woollies petrol station now is and of her sister Yvonne getting chased by a bull. She told of eating fish for breakfast, fish for lunch and fish for tea, and of her parents fishing with nets at night ands being posted to watch for the dreaded fishing inspector. She told of living …