Photos of the Girringun Cultural Festival in Cardwell, Queensland, Australia

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Girringun Cultural Festival in Cardwell, Queensland

In October 2007 the town of Cardwell, about halfway between Cairns and Townsville, hosted the Caring for Country National Land and Sea Management Conference, a platform to share knowledge, experience and ideas for sustainable traditional owner management. It was the largest gathering of traditional owners in Australia that year: the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation welcomed around 10,000 people to the to take part in both the conference and the festival that followed it.

Gulumda Dance Group
 
Girls sing
 
Grugra Dancers boys
 
Striking a pose
 
Grugra song man
 
Eastern Islands Group
 
Didjeridu accompaniment
 
Central Torres Strait dancers
 
Dance from Yam Island
 
The DC Band
 
Dances from Mer
 
Mer Island
 
Aboriginal Dance Group
 
Dance practice
 
 
Solo dancer
 
Djarragun Aboriginal boys
 
Injinoo boys enter
 
Injinoo boy dancer
 
Injinoo Dance Team
 
Injinoo dancers
 
Injinoo team march off
 
Injinoo boys march off
 
Last dance from Injinoo
 

Girringun is the name of an ancestral creator who determined the marriage and hunting lore of Warangnu, Jirrbal, Warrgamay and Girramay peoples of the Hinchinbrook region. The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation now represents nine tribal groups: the four aforementioned plus Bandjin, Djiru, Gugu Badhun, Gulnay and Nywaigi. Their traditional country spans from Mission Beach to Rollingstone (north of Townsville), out to Herberton and Ravenshoe, South West to the Valley of Lagoons and Greenvale and offshore Islands waters surrounding Hinchinbrook, Gould, Brooke, Family, Dunk Island and the people of Palm Island.

Following the conference the Girringun Cultural Festival, or "Great Australian Corroboree" was held on the 13th - 14th October 2007. It was hoped that this would become a tradition to continue every two years. It celebrated Aboriginal Artists and culture, traditional dance, music and story-telling. Djarragun College, an indigenous school from Gordonvale, just south of Cairns, also showcased Torres Strait Island dancing in addition to Aboriginal culture.