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Bandjin, Djiru, Girramay, Gugu Badhun, Gulnay, Jirrbal, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Warungnu country
Rockingham Bay, Queensland
The rainforest peoples of coastal far north Queensland fought a guerrilla war in the 1860s against colonists attracted by opportunities for agriculture and goldmining. Explore how, despite the violence of these encounters in which whole families and clans were lost, the cultures of this area flourish through rich art making traditions and connections to country.
Match the words to the pictures
What do you know about Rockingham Bay?
Learn about the ancient craft of basket weaving
Watch this video of Girramay Traditional Owner Abe Muriata talking about reviving the ancient weaving techniques of his ancestors.
Activity: In groups, discuss where and how Abe learned to weave baskets, what the baskets are made of, why he wants to learn this skill and how long it takes to make a basket.
Learn about making bagu in the rainforest
Watch Jirrbal and Girramay Traditional Owner Theresa Beeron talk about the meaning behind her bagu.
Activity: Find out more about bagu figures on the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre website.
Activity: Have a class discussion about what you think is meant by the opening quote from Djiru Traditional Owner Leonard Andy:
People who come to live here – they think this is paradise. They see the scenery but they don’t see the blood.
Consider how this quote relates to the message on the postcard pictured above, especially the term ‘tally’.