Did you know that the Aboriginal People have been taking care of Moreton Bay and surrounds for over 22,000 years using the diverse resources of the Moreton Bay area to sustain themselves over that time? The Aboriginal People of Moreton Bay are called the Quandamooka People, and they are the people of land and sea.
Did you know that Quandamooka water is home to over 1000 species of fish, 109 invertebrate species (animals like jellyfish, crabs and starfish) and 9 whale, 3 dolphin, and 6 of the 7 marine turtle species?
Uncle Bob Anderson is a Quandamooka man and a Ngugi Elder. Uncle Bob is very proud of EcoMarines and has written a very special message below.
Yura, my traditional name is Gheebelum. I am known as Uncle Bob Anderson and I am an Advocate Patron for Tangalooma EcoMarines.
As a boy, I walked Country with my Uncle Paul and another senior man, Uncle Fraser Brown who pointed out the flora and fauna to me, for this is how you learn culture, by walking Country.
I also learnt from my Mother who was born on Country. She taught me the two basic words that form the foundation of education, Mil Binnung. Mil is the eye and Binnung is the ear, meaning Observe and Listen.
By walking Country and observing you will develop a closeness with the Land and I suggest that you take off your footwear so that your jinnung (feet) can feel the vibrations.
By caring for Country, I invite you to be junior associate custodians of Quandamooka Country.
Cultural Heritage by Uncle Bob
To me and my family, Cultural Heritage is something we all have a right to
And that we all need to ensure protection of.
Cultural Heritage is the vision of my country,
The way I view or see my country,
The way I talk or sing up my country,
The way I talk of the stories of my country
And the way I talk of my Elders and Ancestors
The way I call their names as I walk the sacred places of my country and the way I remember their brave deeds on my land is my Cultural Heritage.
My Spiritual connection with the Land is my Cultural Heritage.
All these things are a part of my Cultural Heritage.
To walk my Country,
To gather the shellfish from the ocean beaches and bay side beaches is part of my Cultural Heritage.
To see the changing nature of the flora with the seasons,
To gather the wild flowers and to eat the berries and fruits of my Country reminds me of my Mother and her connection to this, my Cultural Heritage.
To observe the birds, their migratory flight patterns and nesting habitats,
To understand how their presence fertilises, pollinates and regenerates the plant growth.
How they herald the arrival of the deep sea mullet, the whales and other sea habitants for seasonal sustenance,
This is the Cultural Heritage of my Country
To be with my Family and Community People walking the Country together, making that strong spiritual connection with the Land is my Cultural Heritage.