The Sunshine Coast - Gubbi Gubbi
The Kabbi Kabbi or Gubbi Gubbi people are the local Traditional Custodians of a vast area (depicted within the map). You might notice the (2) two names. There are many explanations for this, the most well known is that when the Explorers and settles first came to our shores, the sound that they heard when our people spoke, was not like any other.
The G-K sound was difficult to distinguish when spoken quickly. This lead to the paper recording of the word spelt in 2 ways.
Our people have said both ways for many years depending on what our parents said, and it’s polite to say both when talking about this Country. It must be said, the Word
Gubbi is interpreted as NO or Negative. This has led some to call us the No No people.
We are a well rounded people that use both salt water and fresh water. We have many stories about the land, the landscapes and how they came to be. Some stories teach us how we should behave, where to go in what season (to find the best food) and how to treat and look after not only the animals but the land to whom we are nurtured by. We still tell these stories and create new ones today. You can see some of those stories and places within this site.
We must make mention of the families that have ancestral rights to this land, not only the ones that have always lived here, but also the families that were taken away. They too have passed on their stories and kept up what they could, living under the Aboriginal Protection Act 1939. Some of those families are coming back to this land where their ancestors have lived for thousands of years. We give thanks to the ones who stayed, keeping the places and song lines alive, however they could.
There are many families we give acknowledgement to. Some you will see within the pages of this site. Others you will have to find within our community, doing what they have always done, teaching, singing and living on, in and around this great land. All are welcome here.
We leave you to enjoy this site. Whether you’re starting your journey for the first time, or an old “salt” we leave you with these words.
“When you’re here, you are welcome to stay, look after your neighbours (the people the animals and trees) and give something back. If you can do this, you are always welcome.
“What will we be remembered by?” For giving or talking away.....