On 4 July 2011, the Federal Court of Australia made two native title consent determinations recognising the Quandamooka People’s native title rights and interests over land and waters on, and surrounding North Stradbroke Island, and some islands in Moreton Bay.
The Quandamooka Peoples have lived on Minjerribah (now known as North Stradbroke Island) for a very long time. Scientists say at least 25 000 years, however we say longer. Our traditional estate – Quandamooka, the waters and islands of Central and Southern Moreton Bay and the coastal land and streams between the Brisbane to Logan Rivers, gave life to us in a time beyond memory.
There are three clans that comprise the Peoples of the Quandamooka. They are the Nughi of Moorgumpin (now known as Moreton Island) and the Nunukul and Gorenpul of Minjerribah.
We hold our heads high as Traditional Owners with strong identity and culture.
We are the Quandamooka People. We are the people of the sand and the water.
Quandamooka descendant Matt Burns
Our people have retained our distinctive culture and we are living proof of our continuous occupation and cultural practice. Our traditional practices have been upheld in contemporary form. Our People travel regularly through Quandamooka land and sea caring for Country. Through consultations with our Elders and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, we work together to protect our lands and sea country in many ways, including taking part in cultural heritage management, Environmental Impact Assessments, negotiating over developments, educating the public and maintaining land and sea management responsibilities. Caring for our Country is our business. It always has been and always will be.
We sing its songs, tell it’s stories and dance to its rhythms to give honour and thanks to keep our place in it’s heart.
The artists are the storytellers of our people, telling individual and collective memories through their artistic works and dance performances. Visual art and performing art form a strong part of the Quandamooka identity.
The Salt Water Murris – Quandamooka Inc is dedicated to the production and presentation of local Aboriginal culture and the art gallery offers a diverse and inspiring display of traditional and contemporary artwork. Established to promote and maintain the cultural capital of our clan groups, Salt Water Murri’s – Quandamooka, is located at Ballow Road, Dunwich. Visit Salt Water Murri’s – Quandamooka Inc, to experience Quandamooka Culture, hear our stories and see our art.
Content sourced from http://www.qyac.net.au/quandamooka-history/
Sand Art: Craig Tapp, Quandamooka Sand Artist
Photo: Nikki Michail