Traditional knowledge on Australia Day
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.
Lionel Cubby (second from left).