Yalanji wisdom revealed in artistic cards
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