Campfire Cuppas - Kettle on

If you are here reading this, I firstly want to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land & pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome! My name is Alice, I am a proud river woman connected through descendancy to my Grandfathers Country (Wemba Wemba & Nyiaampa) through social and totemic systems and to my Grandmothers Country (Nari-Nari, Jita Jita & Wiradjuri) through lineage, descendant, and customary practices. I am also a Mother of two gorgeous boys, Ash & Ace.

Thank you for spending your time with me & reading my story. I wanted to call this collection of stories, Campire Cuppas because when I think of my favourite memories growing up, spending time with my family, yarns with my sister girls, it always involved being out bush & cuppas.

So before we start, go put the kettle on, grab your favourite cup (don't we all have one?) & make yourself a hot cuppa.

To begin the series of Campfire Cuppa stories, lets mention my third child, Smoke & Ochre.

The meaning behind ‘Smoke and Ochre’ is a representation of the smoking ceremony. The smoking ceremony is a traditional custom used by the Indigenous peoples where specific native plants are burnt to produce ‘smoke’ to ward off bad spirits, acknowledge Ancestors and pay respect to the Land and Sea of Country. Ochre is also a traditional custom, used to paint the body in Sacred Ceremonies & both play an important role in Aboriginal Identity and Traditional Customs.

Our aim is to share our knowledge of Aboriginal bush medicines, so that all people can experience the power of native plants, and the way in which our people use these powerful plants to heal our mind, body and connection to land and ancestors.

It is important to note that I am still learning (I mean aren't we all?). The Smoke and Ochre instagram page & this website is a space to share my personal growth as I learn from my elders & create beautiful bush medicines from cultural knowledge.

Not only was it important to know the power of plants, it's also important to know how powerful we are as Aboriginal women! One of the life lessons I carry with me today, that my Grandfather told my Mother, that my Mother passed down to my sister & I, was that;

'we must be strong in our culture & strong in the white mans world'

So with that said, let's begin our next campfire cuppa story with 'pot on the stove'