Kuku Yalanji country encompasses rainforest and ocean environments in richly diverse country stretching between Cooktown, Chiilagoe and Port Douglas. A deep connection with nature informs and celebrates all aspects of Yalanji culture. Mossman Gorge is located 75 kms north of Cairns and as such, is an urbanised community serviced by the township of Mossman and by Port Douglas, which is on the coast 15 kms south.
Through Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Incorporated, Yalanji Arts provides support and advocacy for local artists, assisting in their development through ongoing training and the marketing of their work to regional and national galleries. The recently opened Mossman Gorge Centre presents ongoing exposure for Yalanji artists to national and international tourists and collectors.
While acknowledging that their work is informed by traditional culture and the environment, artists are encouraged to push their understanding and technical skills to develop a contemporary and expressive approach to visually articulating their ideas.
‘When you come into our community you see that big mountain. We call it Manjal Dimbi’.
If you look at the rocks on that mountain, you can see that goanna, kangaroo, cassowary and echidna. You also see the good spirit Kubirri…
Aspects & Images of Kuku Yalanji Life at Mossman Gorge’ by CJ Fischer & Bella Ross – Kelly