In the can, if you can

 

While you are here now please walk the Museums Rainbow Serpent path through the dinosaur, aboriginal, pioneer and hippy eras of this piece of earth we now call Nimbin.

Possibly the last refuge of the hippy, this is a volunteer run community venture and is struggling to pay its ever increasing rent, so donate if you will, but do feel free to look anyway!

The Museum had previously been a second hand shop but the increasing number of visitors wanting an explanation of how the hippies arrived in the village led a group of local artists to try and explain. More art than museum perhaps, the “legal trip” starts on the footpath outside and follows a¬†million years of Nimbins history.

The first rooms painted by Burri Jerome begin with an Aboriginal Dreaming story of the Creation among the local dinosaurs which then lead into the Bundjalung era. Aboriginal people lived sustainably on this land for thousands of years with an intimate knowledge and understanding of the natural cycles.

“Everyone else in the tribe disciplined the children while the parents remained a safe refuge.”

They had a culture which could have taught us so much but the whitemen who arrived here only 150 odd years ago didnt see it. Instead they cut down the forests, brought in sheep and cattle and worked very hard to make it look like the Motherland they were homesick for.

In the Pioneer Room the Rainbow Serpent path loses its colour as the trees are cut down. The room is filled with clutter and Christianity until the Hippies arrive. They eat the magic mushrooms from the English cow pats and get a dose of enlightenment. Colour returns to the path as the hippies move out of the cities and into their communes.

“It’s a dream of harmony between the tribes, between the planet and its people.

“The Forest Walk hallway leads to the Rebirth Cave where, “What you need is here already!

Out of the cave you will find yourself in the Legends of the Unemployed Cafe. Under the Dole Temple you could enjoy a locally grown coffee (with a cannabis cookie if it was allowed) and a game of chess. This cafe helped the Timbarra campaign to stop a cyanide leaching gold mine west of here in a tasty victory and a rare one for the hippies a few years back.

The final room is the original HEMP Embassy (now across the road) and devoted to ending the illegality of the hippies favorite herb, cannabis. Not long ago it was the most grown plant on the planet but made illegal in the 1930’s it now makes the more than 2 million regular cannabis users in Australia, criminals. Nothing has made the hippie dreaming more difficult than outlawing their sacred herb.

The path then leads back into the front room again completing the circle. Visitors are welcome to photograph and film and touch, but please donate, in the can, if you can. We need over $100 a day just to pay the rent and electricity.

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