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Gubbi Gubbi float revival in culture and canoe travel

CULTURAL COMEBACK: Lyndon Davis, Nathan Morgan and Brent Miller.
CULTURAL COMEBACK: Lyndon Davis, Nathan Morgan and Brent Miller. Geoff Potter

SUNSHINE Coast Council's cultural heritage levy is funding a ground-breaking Aboriginal cultural project to relaunch canoe travel that will be a highlight of the Floating Land celebration in Boreen Point from May 31-June 9.

The Gubbi Gubbi Gun'doo Yang'ga'man project has been guided by information from written and drawn records found through some extensive research of canoes of south-east Queensland.

The group aims to build two full-sized canoes, one which will be launched bearing a fire as was traditionally done at Floating Land, while the other will be exhibited at the Noosa Regional Gallery this year, together with a filmed documentary of the project.

Community programs portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said funding from the cultural heritage levy allows for the delivery of initiatives that preserve, promote and celebrate the Sunshine Coast's heritage.

"The project has enabled four enthusiastic Gubbi Gubbi men to construct what is believed to be the first traditional Aboriginal bark canoe in the region for over 150 years. There are no local elders experienced in the ancient craft of canoe making, who can pass the knowledge on to them," Cr McKay said.

The construction of the first bark canoe has started. Over a nine-hour period, Lyndon Davis, Brent Miller, Nathan Morgan and Kerry Jones successfully harvested bark from a large white mahogany, carefully leaving behind a wide vertical strip so that the tree will continue to grow.

This group is now in the process of firing and preparing the bark with natural resins and vines to create their first traditional canoe that will measure over 4m in length.

This ancient practice has been revived to raise awareness of the Gubbi Gubbi culture, and to relearn traditional skills that may be passed down to future generations.

Film-making company, Earthbase Productions, is documenting the group's progress, capturing the highs and lows, and the important learning process.

Topics:  floating land, gubbi gubbi


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