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the Bunya Festival
April 21, 2017
This pole in the Frontier Wars Installation remembers the Indigenous culture in this region before white settlement.
The Bunya Festival was the largest Indigenous gathering in Australia. It happened every three years when there was a large crop of nuts on the bunya pine trees. People travelled very long distances to take part. It was an important occasion for celebration, trading goods, arranging marriages, and settling disputes. After the festival on the Blackall Range visitors would travel to the coast near here where they would be hosted by the local Indigenous people and continue the business of the festival.
This pole was painted by the local Indigenous artist Bill Chambers