Michael Costello says the artefacts, including a treasured scar tree, educate folks about the island’s long history. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
A new project by the conventional owners of one particular of Queensland’s largest islands aims to safeguard cultural artefacts for generations to come.
What was after the library in the old Dunwich higher school on North Stradbroke Island is now the keeping location for cultural artefacts from the Indigenous Quandamooka neighborhood.
We’ve only just started … it is a race against time to record and protect the things for the future.
Michael Costello, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee
Thousand-year-old tools, shells and considerable pieces have been place on show for the public to see.
Michael Costello, cultural coordinator for the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, stated the artefacts educated folks about the island’s long history.
Some have been left in the field and while other people have been placed on show in the maintaining location.
“A cultural website is like a historical shipwreck — once you start off stripping away all the important pieces it’s no longer important,” he mentioned.
“We try to leave everything on the internet site and the stuff we do recover — it is critical to telling our story and our connection to nation.”
Unique rocks that are ground down to powder show their many utilizes. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Mr Costello stated he hoped the tactile nature of the show, which includes shells aged from 1,000 to 3,000 years, would engage guests and locals alike.
“We can allow individuals to touch issues and see it as opposed to looking at photographs in a book,” he stated.
“The oldest carbon-dated web site we have on the island is 20,600 years old and that is very important.”
Mr Costello worked alongside geologists to locate most of the artefacts on show.
“There are hundreds of internet sites across Quandamooka country and they are recorded on a database, but none of them are protected,” he mentioned.
“We’ve only just began … it really is a race against time to record and defend the things for the future.”
Some of the shells on show are 1,000 to three,000 years old. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Years of history held in tools and trees
Mr Costello said one of the most valued things in the keeping location was a scar tree that was identified on a construction site on Russell Island.
A scar tree is also identified as a canoe tree — bark can be removed from it and employed with no destroying the tree.
“We recovered the scar tree from the website where Queensland Wellness were constructing a new ambulance station on the island,” he said.
“We recorded the website with an archaeologist and recovered the development wood and stored it here for men and women to see in the future.
“The greatest we have on the island here is three scars out of a single tree and the tree is nevertheless alive.”
Carved stones show the tools employed for cooking on the island. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Thousands of years of innovation
The collection shows the innovation of the Quandamooka people on the island with distinctive fishing nets and different kitchen implements collected by Mr Costello.
“We have grind stones used for grinding up seeds and there is also stone axes we’ve recovered from creeks and various internet sites around the island,” he stated.
“A lot of websites are recovered throughout survey function if we determine that there is a web site under threat then we will go in and undertake a salvage operation.
“Men and women do attempt and pinch things if it’s a actually good piece … they attempt and souvenir.”
An old sign warning tourists of relics on North Stradbroke Island. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Mr Costello stated he hoped the centre would continue to grow.
“We have plans for a bigger Quandamooka complicated and inside that complex there will be a cultural heritage exhibition space,” he said.
“We’re not confident what kind that will take but it will be a substantial site inside the complicated.”
Pictures show the a lot of relics still yet to be discovered on the island. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
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