Tra­di­tional knowl­edge on Aus­tralia Day

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AS Eidsvold res­i­dents went home to their bar­be­cues and swim­ming pools fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at Apex Park, a group gath­ered nearby un­der the di­rec­tion of Gami­la­raay artist Lionel Cubby for a week­end work­shop of tra­di­tional knowl­edge.

Based at the RM Wil­liams Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre, the group toured around the area, vis­it­ing lo­cal prop­er­ties to learn about dif­fer­ent species of tim­ber and their uses.

Mr Cubby said there are “un­lim­ited” dif­fer­ent species out there and they all have their spe­cial uses.

“I’m still learn­ing my­self,” he said.

His pas­sion for teach­ing came from his ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up in Mungindi, on the News South Wales-Queens­land bor­der.

“As a young man, a lot of peo­ple I knew had the knowl­edge but weren’t will­ing to share it.”

“I started ed­u­cat­ing oth­ers af­ter fin­ish­ing high school, I would take Murri kids out (from school) dur­ing lunchtime and show them tra­di­tional danc­ing.”

By the end of the week­end work­shop, at­ten­dees had made and painted their own didgeri­doos.

Mr Cubby said he favoured the tra­di­tional method, us­ing a chisel and ham­mer, but also happily taught the con­tem­po­rary method us­ing a ro­tary tool.

They also learned about Bora rings and gumbi gumbi plants.

PHOTO: ALEX TREACY

Lionel Cubby (se­cond from left).

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