"The Jinibara people are the registered Native Title Holders and custodians for the Woodford area and are comprised of the descendants of Fanny Mason, known as Jowalmel, who was born in the 1840’s at Woodford, and Johnny McKenzie, known as Wangiramu, born in 1826 near Kilcoy.Our Custodians Uncle Noel Blair and Uncle Kenny Murphy have been appointed by the elders of the Jinibara to act as their spokespeople and representatives.
The world of the Jinibara is rich in Dreaming places and ceremonial grounds including Bora rings, stone arrangements, camping places, food resource areas and story places. The Jinibara Peoples have many stories that connect them with country and ancestors.Today, the land is managed by Woodfordia Inc., dedicated to the arts and humanities and is underpinned by a strong commitment to the environment. Woodfordia Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation (Incorporated Association) and a recognised charity."
The week is over, it has been a full one, all senses sollicitated... about 150 000 people coming together to celebrate, rejoice, learn about each other, sing, yoga, dance, listen, participate, create in this beautiful country well taken care of... So peaceful, so well organized, so inspiring.
Beautiful dancers from Yarrabah in Queensland, a small community i visited 3 years ago with my artist friend India Collins. Fascinating culture, so alive, so strong, and stricking beautiful to witness...
Stories and healings with the beautiful elder sisters who came all the way from Arnhem Land. Such generosity and empathy through storytelling, rituals and ceremonies throughout the week. They are all painters too. What a privilege to meet these beautiful wise ones.
A huge thanks to my friend Jo-Anne Driessens for the connection to the Jinibara people (particularly Jason Murphy and Uncle Noel Blair) who allowed us to come and enjoy this unique and unforgettable festival. It has been a profound experience in learning about the culture, new skills, getting to know musicians and artists from around the world.
Such as Canada ( my favorite... always, Harry Manx ), Tibet, Japan, Africa, Thailand, Australia, Eastern Europe, Tasmania...