A Southern Downs community gathered at the weekend to revive an Indigenous gathering that dates back to traditional times.
Bunya Festival brings Indigenous tradition back
The Bunya Festival was traditionally a large gathering among many Aboriginal people who would travel hundreds of kilometers on foot. The event was held in the Bunya Mountains during the harvest of the Bunya Nut.
It was attended by the Githabal/Geynyan people from around Warwick, to exchange music, goods, stories, and to enjoy the Bunya Nut.
As Aboriginal stories like this are today generally neglected, the community was seeking a way to bring a positive and informative experience to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
This reconstruction of the Bunya Festival in 2018 sought to recognise and reconstruct the culture, history and ideas of Aboriginal people.
Dan Williams and Abbey Scanlan attended the festival with their children, while also contributing to the running of one of the market stalls.
“The Bunya Festival was a great turn out, to revive the traditional festival what a clever idea,” Dan said.
“There definitely should be more events showcasing our traditional Aboriginal culture throughout Australia,” he said.
Abbey believes the event was great for children.
“It gets them involved in learning our culture, it’s good to see them growing up while being familiar and proud of this very unique culture we have.”
“Having the Gecko and reptile man there was a fantastic idea, showing the kids our native animals in real life instead of only seeing them in books was a great experience for them,” she said.
Both Dan and his young family enjoyed the day – “I can’t wait to be more a part of it next year as the Waringh Waringh Bunya Festival is a very important event in our community.”
AUZi attended the festival at the weekend, and have returned to the screen to share the following gallery of a great community event.
Photo – Mya Williams with Mum , Abbey Scanlan, having her face painted
Photo – Dan Williams with his daughter Mya Williams
Photo – Market Stalls at The Bunya Festival
Photo – Festival entry
Photo – Musical performers on stage