Bajirru! there you all are, hello! From the Yanyuwa language of Balarinji’s origin community Borroloola NT
Jinangu awara wabarrangu barra kalu-wingka marnijinju wabudala kari-nguthundawabarrangu jinangu Australia li-wulu marnaji barra liyi-Yanyuwawu awara li-Marranbala li-Arrwangala li-Gudanji jinangu awara Burrulula marnaji yamulhu
Our Country we belong to is Borroloola. Yanyuwa, Marra, Gudanji and Garrawa people.We welcome everyone to this land Australia.
Yanyuwa elder Samuel Evans Jamika
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Local culture celebrated in new Palm Island Bwgcolman Retail Centre

‘Anemone’ by Agnes Wotton Jr

The ocean surrounding Palm Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef. The concept of Palm Island as Saltwater Country is strongly apparent with distinct differences from Freshwater Country. On the reef, sea life plays a significant part in local culture and stories.

‘Milky Way’ by Jessica Fraser

Palm Island is the Traditional Country of the Manbarra people who believe there was a supernatural called ‘Goin’ who lived in the Milky Way, or Kuling, and roamed the earth by night.

‘Turtle Dreaming’ by Patricia Kidner

Yangugan (the Manbarra word for turtle) resonates across the Palm Island community. The longneck turtle and the endangered green sea turtle are both represented in many stylised motifs on the island. The supply of green turtles was once considered to be almost inexhaustible, but no longer. From 1940-1962 an Indigenous commercial turtle fishery operated on the island.

Balarinji Managing Director, Ros Moriarty, said, “Aside from the facade being a beautiful piece of artwork, this project has brought the community together. The sea, sky and turtle stories reflect the rich cultural belonging that people on Palm Island share.”

“The art process gave local artists the chance to work on something larger scale and more publicly visible than they’d previously had the opportunity to be involved in. Our objective was to ensure the project gave the artists experience that would support their careers into the future,” Ms Moriarty added.

The Bwgcolman Retail Centre is the first stage in a three part retail precinct for the community which also includes plans for a supermarket, council offices and a tourist information centre/gallery space.

Through this project, a group of artists have come together to create the Palm Island Arts group, which successfully tendered on the creation of an art workshop and gallery in the new building with the backing of A. Gabrielli Constructions. They look forward to showcasing their work and culture to a broader audience with the launch of their website and gallery later this year.