An ancient connection to the land
Over the thousands of years that the Gadigal had inhabited the land, they learnt to work in harmony and thrive with what could initially appear a harsh environment, with dense bushland, nutrient poor soil and erratic rainfall.
The women were marvelled as highly skilled fishers, swimmers and divers. Warrane was an important gathering place for canoe routes and fishers, to provide food to the 29 surrounding communities. As well as skilled fishers, the Gadigal were hunter-gatherers, hunting possum, emu, kangaroo and reptiles.
They had an incredibly close relationship with the land, harnessing nature to provide for their community. Tools and weapons were all made from the plants native to the area, and fishing lines were made from the fine silk thread of the golden orb spider's web, dried lomandra leaves, palm tree husk and kangaroo sinew.
The waters of Woccanmagully (Farm Cove) were their special hunting place, and these waters were also a ceremonial area where complex rituals were enacted.