Major Moogy Sumner, known affectionately as Uncle Moogy, is a Ngarrindjeri Elder and Medicine Man who will take us on a Journey of Ceremony, Stories Dance and Song. He will also discuss the Traditional Ways of the Ngarrindjeri People and the importance of our connection to the land.
In 2010 Australia was facing the worst drought in recorded history. At the end of the river in the Coorong, Ngarrindjeri Elder Uncle Moogy grew tired of watching his ancestral home die, and so united a group of different Aboriginal River Nations in a 2300-kilometre pilgrimage to dance the spirit back into the river and into themselves. By the time they had finished the drought had broken and what followed was the wettest season in living memory with floods throughout the basin.
Although his work in this field has been given little recognition in Australia, Major Sumner, affectionately known as Uncle Moogy has earned great respect from other martial arts masters from around the world and Uncle Moogy is widely acknowledged as the Grand Master of Traditional Australian Native Martial Arts.
Uncle Moogy understands the importance of preserving and passing on his culture. He believes that teaching people to look at their culture and their past helps them feel the spirit within. He works to preserve his culture by passing on the teachings and stories of his people. The Ngarrindjeri are an aboriginal nation that inhabits the Lower Murray, Coorong and Lakes area of South Australia.