Q: Who are the Gubbi Gubbi people?
A: The Gubbi Gubbi people are the Traditional Owners of the land located in South East Queensland, within the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie region.
Q: Where is Gubbi Gubbi Country located?
A: Gubbi Gubbi Country is located within the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Gympie Regional Council areas.
The traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people stretches from the northern banks of the North 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, Tiaro, Gympie, Caboolture, Petrie and surrounding area.
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: 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 used. Anyone who refers to the Traditional Owners as the Kabi Kabi people in pronounciation are misinformed. The correct pronunciation is Gubbi Gubbi people (pronunciation: Gub-bee Gub-bee). For more information, please refer to our website page www.gubbigubbidyungungoo.com/gubbi-gubbi-people
Q: How do you pronounce Gubbi Gubbi and Dyungungoo?
A: Gubbi Gubbi (pronunciation: Gub-bee Gub-bee)
Dyungungoo (pronunciation: jun-un-goo)
The letters ‘Dy’ in Dyungungoo is pronounced as a J sound
Q: Is the Gubbi Gubbi language spoken fluently today?
A: The Gubbi Gubbi people are working towards reviving the language it to its fullest. See our Gubbi Gubbi language posters to learn more. www.gubbigubbidyungungoo.com/gubbi-gubbi-language