Gubbi Gubbi Gun'doo Yang'ga'man exhibition marks the historic revival of an ancient Indigenous tradition
  • Wednesday 12 June 2013

Gain a rare insight into traditional Indigenous bark canoe making at the Gubbi Gubbi Gun'doo Yang'ga'man exhibition at Sunshine Coast Council’s Noosa Regional Gallery until 30 June 2013.

Watercraft is an important, relatively unexamined aspect of Indigenous 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. The Gubbi Gubbi Gun’doo Yang’ga’man 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.

All are invited to attend a day to celebrate the arts and cultural practices of the Gubbi Gubbi people on Saturday 22 June at 11am. This not-to-be missed community day includes family workshops, dance, food and a community ceremony for the Gubbi Gubbi canoe.

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

Noosa Regional Gallery is located at 8 Pelican Street, Tewantin and is open free to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For further information phone the Gallery on 5449 5340 or visit council’s gallery website.