On 24 August 2015, Ivan Copley OAM, Peramangk Elder, performed a smoking ceremony at the UKARIA Cultural Centre. The ceremony cleansed the site and the building in a culturally appropriate way, and payed respect to the ancestors of the Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri Peoples who used this area for thousands of years prior to colonisation for ceremonies and funerals. Ivan carved a beautiful coolamon (dish) from a specially chosen piece of hard wood and made the ceremonial feather stick in the traditional way. The coolamon and feather stick together with the ash from the ceremony remain on display in the foyer as a permanent reminder of the significance of this place.


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