Yalanji wis­dom re­vealed in artis­tic cards

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AF­TER 12 months of hard work, the unique col­lab­o­ra­tion of two lo­cal women has fi­nally paid off with the launch of their labour of love - the East­ern Yalanji Earth Spirit Wis­dom Cards.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing an art and cul­tural grant from Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil last year, Melis­sah Nor­ris and Linda Burchill have been busy cre­at­ing the art and re­search­ing the mean­ings in Yalanji lan­guage.

The cards are rel­e­vant to the knowl­edge of the East­ern Yalanji Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple within five sig­nif­i­cant totem cat­e­gories - plant, an­i­mal, land­scape, spirit and el­e­ment.

Ms Nor­ris said it had been a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and jour­ney.

“We trav­elled all over to speak with el­ders to get the in­forma- tion,” she said.

“We wanted to make sure we had all the in­for­ma­tion right and over time the Yalanji lan­guage has changed - there is power in the old lan­guage and it holds purer mean­ings.

“We have re­ceived great feed­back on the wis­dom cards and we are re­ally happy with the out­come of the launch day.

“We have only scratched the sur­face on this wealth of in­for­ma­tion and we hope to con­tinue down this path.”

The launch took place at the Dain­tree Eco Lodge last week with around 40 peo­ple check­ing out the pro­to­type pack.

The next step for the creative duo is to use the pro­to­type pack to de­velop a com­mer­cial op­por­tu­nity for the cards.

Launch off: Dain­tree Eco-Lodge man­ager Mick Bruha and artist Linda Burchill

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