Members of Albury City's Wagirra Trail project team are increasing their use of traditional language when conducting walking tours along parts of the Murray River in New South Wales.
The team often talk art, tradition and environment when taking groups along the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, a six-kilometre stretch of the Wagirra Trail.
The art walk starts from the Kremur Street boat ramp in West Albury and ends at Wonga Wetlands and features 11 sculptures created by local Aboriginal artists.
Team leader Curtis Reid said the crew was keen to increase their use of traditional language on the walking tours.
He said they had discussed how they could enhance their tours and decided that increasing their use of Wiradjuri language would be "awesome".
"We want to use it more and more. It is passing on the knowledge and not letting it slip away with time," Mr Reid said.
"It will add to the experience so people who come and walk on the trail can take away words."
Mr Reid said on the tours, the crew talked about the river's connection to Aboriginal people and what the sculptures meant to the artists who created them.
He said words from the traditional language used by the crew included "googar" meaning goanna, "wagirra" which meant to step around, "Milawa Billa" which is Murray River and "yindyamurra" which means go slowly and respectfully.
Using traditional language to tell stories of plants
Crew member Richard Sievers said he enjoyed using traditional Wiradjuri language during the tours.
"I grew up along the river here in West Albury and I used to come down here every day when I was younger in the summer time," he said.
"To be working along the river and and using Wiradjuri language is just awesome."
He said he also enjoyed talking about traditional uses of plants and trees along the trail in Wiradjuri.
"Acacia dealbata is the silver wattle and the seeds of the silver wattle used to be crushed up and used as a flour to make damper or bread," he said.
He explained the sap and resin from the Acacia was used in toolmaking.
"Sometimes the leaves of the wattle were crushed up and thrown in small ponds to take the oxygen out of the water," he said.
"[This] would make the fish rise to the top of the water to make them easier to catch."
Mr Sievers said he hoped people who went on the art walk would increase their understanding of Aboriginal culture and language and gain an appreciation of how important it was to respect the land and the river.
"It's one of the best jobs I have ever had; you can't get much better," he said.