Exhibition marks the historic revival of an ancient Aboriginal tradition
  • Thursday 29 August 2013

Head to Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Library this Friday 30 August at 2pm for the launch of the Gubbi Gubbi Gun'doo Yang'ga'man exhibition and gain a rare insight into traditional Aboriginal bark canoe making.

Watercraft is an important, relatively unexamined aspect of Aboriginal heritage in Australia. It is believed to be more than 150 years since a traditional bark canoe has been seen on local waterways. Across south-east Queensland the skills and traditions of bark canoe making have been largely lost.

The Gubbi Gubbi Gun'doo Yang'ga'man research and reconstruction project has sought to fully investigate and revive the Gubbi Gubbi tradition of bark canoe building. This exhibition documents these activities and promotes the project’s national significance and value for the community. It marks the historic revival of an ancient tradition and showcases many of its forgotten aspects. This canoe building revitalisation project ensures that these long held traditions survive further into the future by creating a legacy for generations to come.

The Gubbi Gubbi canoe builders include Lyndon Davis, Brent Miller, Nathan Morgan and Kerry Jones.

The exhibition will be on display at Nambour Library located in Currie Street until 30 September 2013. Afternoon tea will be provided. Bookings are essential to attend this free event by calling 1300 LIBRARY (1300 542 727) or booking online at council’s library website.

Gubbi Gubbi Gun’doo Yang’ga’man is an initiative of the Gubbi Gubbi people supported by the Sunshine Coast Council Heritage Levy.