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


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

The traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people once stretched from the northern banks of the Pine River, Redcliffe and to the Gregory River north of Maryborough including Gympie, Hervey Bay, Bribie Island and the Sunshine Coast. The Gubbi Gubbi land also stretched along the Conondale Ranges, Maleny, Caboolture, Dayboro, Kallangur and back to the Pine River.


Q: Why are the Gubbi Gubbi people also 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 pronunciation of the Gubbi Gubbi language group. The elders and families of the Gubbi Gubbi people intended to pronounce and speak their language as originally spoken.

The Gubbi Gubbi people had an oral language and a hieroglyphic written language when the oral language was not understood. During the time when the Europeans recorded their findings in writing, the language group name was written down as Kabi Kabi. However, in 1993 the Elders, including Andrew Ball, Drew Gulash, Clifford Monkland and Evelyn Serico representing the families of the Gubbi Gubbi language group got together concerned about the mispronunciation of their written name. After much deliberation, it was settled to change the spelling of their historically written name from Kabi Kabi to Gubbi Gubbi so their language would be pronounced as intended.

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: Are the Jinibara people connected to the Gubbi Gubbi people?
A: Yes, the Jinibara people and community are families/ members of the Gubbi Gubbi language group.

The Jinibara family group was granted Native Title in 2012 in the Woodford area as a shared zone with the Gubbi Gubbi people, meaning this area is shared with the Gubbi Gubbi people as the traditional owners.


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: 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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