With permission from the Djabugay Tribal Corporation and to pay respects to the Djabugay and Buluwai Bama, Kuranda Roots names its workshop stage Bulmba.
Bulmba is home. Camping ground. Country. The world itself. Time, because Bulmba is always changing - from day to night, season to season. Bulmba is the authority of the elders.
Mayi Wunba is an Intergenerational Cultural Dance Group who are descendants from the Djabugay bama of Ngunbay (Kuranda).
The dance group started with Uncle Lance Riley back in the 1980s. Mayi Wunba have embodied and passed on their traditions, keeping their local culture strong through the generations, and through all the many challenges, including language revival. Over the years the Mayi Wunba torch has passed to Bertie Riley who has led the dancers to major festivals and National dance events including the Laura Dance Festival which Mayi Wunba took out highest points winners in 2017. Mayi Wunba were invited to perform at Dance Rites at the Sydney Opera House 2017, and recently featured in the multi-award winning first Australian virtual reality documentary film ‘Carriberrie’ which highlights the importance of the shared Indigenous knowledge, language and culture that has been passed on for 60,000 years.
djabugay Language Workshops
Linguist Michael Quinn would like to share with people what he has discovered through the studies of the Djabuagy language and it’s storylore, and its perspective on the past lived human experience dating back to the last Ice Age.