Welcome to Twin Lakes Cultural Park
Twin Lakes Cultural Park is a business partnership between Bruno Dann and Marion Louise Manson, who have been working together for more than a decade bringing Nyul Nyul country back to life.
In 2009 Bruno and Marion commenced a business ‘Twin Lakes Gunmamirrd and Goolyaroodk Cultural and Conservation Park’, wild harvesting and selling bush food in order to support their landcare aspirations.
Their first product; Nyul Nyul Gubinge was released through the company Loving Earth www.lovingearth.net in June 2010. The powder is made from Gubinge they wild harvest themselves.
Bruno and Marion have also developed a cultural tourism enterprise at Twin Lakes to help share Nyul Nyul culture with others. A cultural walk has been designed which takes tourists from the ocean to the freshwater lakes, passing by bush fruit orchards, so that tourists can learn about the entire traditional Nyul Nyul diet. The tour aims to give tourists an authentic cultural experience, taking them back to how it was when the old people lived on the land. Bruno said he aims to keep the cultural history alive for new people to experience, because Twin Lakes is a very old, significant place for Nyul Nyul people.
In 2006 Bruno starred in a 15-minute film entitled "Holding Onto What We've Got", available on DVD, where Bruno showed the audience around his country as he talked about the culture, history, plants, animals and seasons, and about Indigenous landcare techniques.
Bruno has been harvesting the traditional bush fruit, Gubinge, at Twin Lakes to sell to companies who use it as a key ingredient in food products, pharmaceutical products and skincare/beauty products. This exciting new enterprise has brought a lot of positive publicity, with articles appearing in industry and government magazines, as well as on radio and on-line media.
In 2007 Bruno and Marion took part in a national leadership tour to promote Gubinge, and in 2009 attended the "Cosmethica" conference in Grasse, France, at the invitation of Catherine Peyreaud, (founder of the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle), due to Cosmethica's partnerships worldwide with indigenous groups in using bush food products in the cosmetics industry. Click here for images from Cosmethica.
Bruno has also spent time holding community workshops teaching children and young people traditional Nyul Nyul musical skills, and how to make artefacts.
Today, in all of these ways, Bruno is still carrying on his traditions, dividing his time between Broome and Twin Lakes. He has exhibited as far afield as France. Bruno's is also represented by galleries in Broome, and at the local markets. Art remains one of his expressions of stories of country.
Today, Bruno uses his art, landcare, cultural tourism, bush food harvesting, and all other avenues of work as a reflection of his time spent with his old people, as he heads for his country Twin Lakes. Bruno's bush name is "Winawarl" and many people have commented that it is a delight to see him in his home country.
A significant success of Twin Lakes has been its conservation and landcare achievements, with Bruno practicing and teaching others the traditional Nyul Nyul fire burning techniques which help to protect the special cultural areas and trees such as the Gubinge, Goowal, Gooli, Mamajin and Wongull. Special care has been taken to look after the twin lakes, Lake Gunmamirrd & Lake Goolyaroodk.
Since the landcare has been taking place there has been an increase in wildlife at Twin Lakes, with more birds, kangaroos and possum tracks to be seen, as well as swarms of bush bees which are thriving because flowers are returning in the right seasons due to the traditional Nyul Nyul landcare practices recommencing. Bruno says
"We are only just coming back to live in our country. (The white laws forbid us before but) it has always been ours. It was left for us by our old people. And they left it perfect for us. It is our responsibility to do the same for our children..."There has been a lot of damage done through bushfires, cattle grazing and sea farming. We have a lot of work to do if we want to leave it in better shape for our children. I'd like to concentrate on teaching others about Nyul Nyul lifestyle, especially students and those really interested."