Quandamooka flora holds deep connections to knowledge

As Redlands embraces the fourth annual Quandamooka Festival, Redlands Art Gallery’s current exhibition will open our minds to Minjerribah’s (North Stradbroke Island) beautiful plant life and the intricate part it plays in the Quandamooka knowledge systems.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams thanked the Quandamooka people for sharing their very special heritage with all who come here and said that the exhibition was a truly vibrant example of that heritage.

In Gadal Gajal Bujongja Quandamookajen (Bushes and Leaves: Flora from Quandamooka Mother Earth), Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Inc artists pay respect to the significance and spirit of the flora of Bujongja Quandamooka.

“This wonderful celebration of traditional Quandamooka art is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate thousands of years of heritage and how it enriches our lives in the Redlands,” Cr Williams said.

At the heart of the relationship between Quandamooka people and the flora of Minjerribah is the connection of current generations to old people Country, customs, laws, traditions and stories handed down by ancestors.

Cr Williams said that Redland City Council, as a founding partner of the fourth annual Quandamooka Festival, was proud to exhibit these important works in the Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba.

“Traditional culture has grown increasingly important to our community and people seek to learn about Quandamooka culture and traditions.”

Cr Williams recently attended the World Indigenous Tourism Summit and visited New Zealand cultural tourism enterprises with representatives of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and the tourism industry.

“There’s no doubt the Redlands’ rich Quandamooka heritage will contribute significantly to the city’s economic future.”

Gadal Gajal Bujongja Quandamookajen exhibition details

When: current – Tues 10 July 2018

Where: Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba

Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba

Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Inc is an Aboriginal contemporary visual arts and craft centre located on Minjerribah and represents the traditional custodians of Quandamooka Country (Moreton Bay); the Noonuccal, Ngugi and Gorenpul clans.

Visit the Redland Art Gallery website for further information.

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