FAQ

Q: Who are the “Indigenous people of Australia”?
A: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Q: How many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were spoken prior to European settlement?
A: There were more than 250 languages including 800 dialects. There are over 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups in Queensland.

Q: Are all Aboriginal groups and communities the same?
A: Although we are one culture in Australia, we are not all the same. Each group has a different language and belief system, as well as different cultural practices and values.

Q: Who are the Aboriginal traditional owners of the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Regional Council areas?
A: The Gubbi Gubbi people

The Gubbi Gubbi people are the traditional custodians of the land located in South East Queensland, within the Moreton BaySunshine CoastNoosa and Gympie region.

The traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people stretched from the northern banks of the Pine River in the south; to Burrum River in the north near Maryborough and to the Conondale Ranges in the west. Their traditional lands include Redcliffe, Bribie Island, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Maryborough, Gympie, Caboolture and Petrie.

Q: Why are the Gubbi Gubbi people sometimes referred to as the Kabi Kabi people or Gabi Gabi people?
A: The correct pronunciation regardless of how it is spelt is always Gubbi Gubbi (pronunciation: Gub-bee Gub-bee).

Kabi Kabi/ Gabi Gabi is the incorrect spelling and pronunciation of the Gubbi Gubbi language group. Kabi Kabi is the foreigner’s interpretation of the language name of Gubbi Gubbi.

To pay respect to the traditional owners, the correct spelling and pronunciation of Gubbi Gubbi should be said. Anyone who refers to the traditional owners as the Kabi Kabi people in pronounciation are misinformed. The correct pronunciation of the local Aboriginal traditional owners is the Gubbi Gubbi people (Gub-bee Gub-bee).

Q: How do you pronounce Gubbi Gubbi and Dyungungoo?
A:   Gubbi Gubbi (pronunciation: Gub-bee Gub-bee)
Dyungungoo (pronunciation: jun-in-goo)
The letters ‘Dy’ in Dyungungoo is pronounced as a J sound

Q: Is the Gubbi Gubbi language spoken fluently today?
A: There are a few people that speak the Gubbi Gubbi language fluently with many working towards reviving it to its fullest. The Gubbi Gubbi people are thankful to the ancestors both Indigenous and non-Indigenous for recording the language.

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