Bunya Dreaming is run on an annual basis every Australia Day, when the bunyas are in full fruit and ripe for sharing.
It is by invitation and attracts over 500 locals, both Indigenous and white, to share an intimate and informative day together with the bunya trees along the rivers of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. There are contemporary interpretations of challenges in shucking, storing, and rolling bunya nuts as well as cooking, art, plant identification, and music. Winners get donated books and gifts: the winner of the music challenge for young people gets a bunya wood guitar and assistance in their singing career. The day ends as the sun sets with ceremony of traditional Kabi Kabi song and dance celebrating connection to country.
2018 is taking another step with more shade structures, ephemeral weavings and art celebrating the local plants and animals, and better access and capacity for participation. In particular, 2018 will strengthen the art component with workshops leading up to the event and art and Indigenous architecture displays on the day.
We’re hoping to attract and support people from further afield, and from local schools and communities in the workshops leading up to the event. We will show our strong commitment to reconciliation and connection with the land, through a celebration of the wisdom of the bunya trees and all they offer as food and as partners in understanding country.
Money donated will go towards improving access and parking, as well as for materials for the art and structures, and food and resources needed on the day and in the workshops building up to the day. Additional money will then pay honorariums to artists, builders, and organisers, and provide travel assistance to Indigenous elders who otherwise would be unable to attend.
Here is a chance to support and model a different Australia Day, full of a love of country that is connected to local place, plants, animals, waterways, and land; that celebrates Indigenous knowledge of country; that recognises and builds upon our partnership with natural native resources, and brings us all back into the flow of the locales we inhabit.
Bunya Dreaming recognises Australia’s past and dreams up a more sustainable and equitable future: connected, collaborative, and creative.