MOUNT BEERWAH (Pronounced bi awa, meaning Eagle)
Mt Beerwah is a spiritually significant mountain and area to the Gubbi Gubbi people. As they see the mountain they will proclaim a greeting. The area is not discussed by Gubbi Gubbi and it is considered highly disrespectful and lacking understanding of culture when Indigenous people discuss stories of the area.
Tradition states that people who climb the Mountain might attract bad luck. In this respect the Gubbi Gubbi would prefer that Beerwah is not climbed.
From the base, amongst the forest, listening to the birds Beerwah's magnificence is apparent - look up in respect.
An authentic view of the Gubbi Gubbi people of Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Burnett Mary Regions.
Traditional Owners from the Dawn of Time
Noosa Museum, Pomona
The Noosa Museum, located in the original Noosa Shire
Offices in Pomona is the designated "keeping Place" for
Gubbi Gubbi artifacts. This Museum won the 2010
ABC Radio National Award as best Queensland Regional
Museum based on its Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Room and
Island of Reconciliation.
The Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Place is dedicated to the
traditional owners of the land who traveled the Noosa
area. They have taken sustenance from this land for
18,000 years then suffered atrocities over the last 150
years to see their numbers fall from about 3500 to
around 500 today.
Noosa Museum’s significant artifact is a Breastplate.
Breastplate’s generally bore the inscription “King” or
“Queen”. In Gubbi Gubbi culture, there is no individual
al leader. Decisions are arrived at by consensus.
The Breast plates were a European idea in an attempt to
establish a point for decision making within indigenous
culture. Today Gubbi Gubbi believes the breastplate
was a result of lack of respect for their culture therefore
presenting Gubbi Gubbi as oddities and not as people
of culture and history. It was a demeaning practice.
Noosa Museum’s Breastplate was given to “Emma, Queen
of Cootharaba Hill, Gympie. It has no emblem marked at
its extremities as was usual practice.
Noosa Museum is creating a positive from this questionable Breastplate practice. This Breastplate was given to Emma Dunne of the Kulili people and wife of Barlow Crowe. Barlow Crowe, whose breastplate read Tommy King of Noosa, Lake Cootharaba and Lake Coroibah, was the son of James Crowe and Maggie Palmer. James Crowe was a member of the first Australian Cricket team. It traveled to and competed in England in 1868.
The breastplate is the focal point of the Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Place which holds many indigenous tools and objects. The Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Place highlights culture, history and language.
Hunting weapons, some of the authentic Gubbi Gubbi
artifacts and memorabilia held by the Noosa Museum in
Island of Reconciliation, a short walk through parkland from Noosa Museum. Opened by then Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot and Gubbi Gubbi Elder Evelyn Serico. The island has an aura of peace, it as a place for contemplation and understanding.
Captain Cook wrote, in 1770 “These hills lie but a little inland, and not far from each other: they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation which very much resembles a glass house, and for this reason I called them the Glass Houses: the northern most of the three is the highest and largest; there are several other peaked hills inland to the northward of these, but they are not nearly so remarkable…”
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The Traveston Dam and $3,000,000
The people who accepted $3,000,000 to give up rights to "their" Traditional Lands so the Government could build the Traveston Dam! There are people who call themselves Kabi Kabi but they are not recognisedas Traditional Owners. The people who negotiated the deal for $3m are not traditional owners as per the Fedral Court decision. They accepted the money and gave up rights for artefacts, culture and history including Dala, the Lungfish. Then, subsequently, they tried to make the claim they were forced to take the money, that a gun was held to the head, that they wept because of this.
The people who took the money for their "traditional land" were Alex Bond, Bessie Bond, Alex Davison, Barry Donas, Bill Glenbar, Lurlene Henderson, Lynette Johannessen, Andy Muckan, Melita Orcher and Edna Van Hemmen on their own behalf and on behalf of the Kabi Kabi people. Note that Alex Bond, who signed the agreement, was the same person claiming to be Undumbi on other claims South of Coolum! How important was the land to the "Kabi Kabi? None of these people are on the Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo Group and are not recognised as traditional owners. $3m for their "traditional lands", the fact is they sold the land down the drain and disappointed many people with this action. An even bigger question, perhaps the Government should be asking, is how was the money used for the betterment of Indigenous people? Maybe, as Peter Garrett sang - Give it back. In modern day parlance "sold down the river". So much for the term Custodians.
It was Beverley Hand, sister of Alex Bond who claimed that the Kabi Kabi people, represented above, were forced to sign the agreement as though a gun was held to their head.
Isn't it amazing where Alex Bond's name keeps appearing on claims.