Bunya Dreaming

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Bunya Dreaming 2018

BUNYA DREAMING: Drawing upon traditional Indigenous feasts, this Queensland hinterland festival brings together black and white, humans and rivers, people and place, in celebration of the Bunya tree.

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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.

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Aunty Beverly is a Kabi Kabi story-teller with an immense knowledge of local Indigenous traditions and history around South East Queensland, and this knowledge has been recognised through the University of the Sunshine Coast’s conferral of a fellowship.

She established and ran Mimburi, a large river meeting place for reconciliation and connection, over the last five years, attracting thousands of visitors, Indigenous, educational and community groups, teaching use and care of, as well as respect for, local materials and of place. She also runs Walking Talking Country tours and has introduced many to the wonders and details in understanding local place.

She re-established the traditional Bunya Dreaming in 2007, bringing Indigenous groups together with the wider community celebrating and connecting with the sacred bunya trees of the Blackall ranges in Queensland through festival, art, weaving, dance, song, and Bunya challenges.

She has been involved with the Mary River CCC, Maleny Community Centre, Barung Landcare, and Cooroora Institute instigating and informing about local Indigenous culture. She is story teller, singer, performance artist, sculptor and weaver using local materials to make site-specific work.

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