Half way between Katherine and the Gulf of Carpentaria is a little community called Minyerri. This is Alawa country. It is also billabong country, and it’s rich with bush food and bush medicine - especially gulbarn trees.
The families from Minyerri harvest the leaves from these trees for their Gulbarn Tea business. The melaleuca citrolens has been used forever by the Indigenous people of this region for healing coughs and colds, but unlike western medicine, it’s delicious. Laura Egan from Enterprise Learning Projects has been incubating the business with local Mum, Samara Billy, for a few years now.
I was grateful for my invitation to tell this story. I discovered that Gulbarn goes well beyond an economic opportunity - it brings families together in industry, and shares the knowledge and culture handed down by their elders, not just between local people, but wherever it is distributed - which is in restaurants and retailers across Australia.
This video is an invitation from the Minyerri families to the rest of the world, to try Gulbarn Tea and share the culture and generous spirit that are the foundation of this enterprise.
Gulbarn - Ancient Leaf, Fresh Tea
Meet the families behind Gulbarn Tea.
We also edited five short videos for social media - one on one chats with the family members about their hopes for the Gulbarn enterprise and their community. You can see them all in our Gulbarn Showcase - or keep an eye out for Gulbarn on Instagram and Facebook.
The Wilfred Sisters
The women spent the morning sorting through the gulbarn leaves. These are four of Samara’s six aunties and her Mum, Agnes Wilfred (2nd from left).
It's a wrap!
Alex Smee, Laura Egan, Chappy the Jack Russel, Samara Billy, and Letty Boo.
The new camera rig was perfect for capturing the harvest in that beautiful country.