We proudly acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our festival is hosted. The land of the Wulgurukaba and Bindal peoples their ancestors, past, present and future.
The Wulgurukaba people call their country Currumbilbarra. Wulgurukaba means “canoe people”. An important symbol for the Wulgurukaba people is the carpet snake. The story tells of the creation snake that comes down from the Herbert River (Ingham area), went out to sea creating the Hinchinbrook channel and down to Palm and Magnetic Island. His body broke up leaving parts along the coast. The tail of the snake is at Halifax Bay; his body is at Palm Island; and his head rests at Arcadia on Magnetic Island.
The Bindal people call their country Thul Garrie Waja. An important symbol for the Bindal people is the shooting star. They believe that wherever the star fell or the direction in which the star fell signalled that either danger was coming from that direction or someone in that direction was in need of help.