Through this website you’ll meet many amazing Bama from all areas of Cape York, Tropical North Queensland.
Willie Gordon, Nugal-warra Elder and Guugu Yimithirr speaker, is passionate about his Aboriginal culture and spirituality. Much of his knowledge was handed down by his father. As a small boy Willie would accompany him on hunting trips, learning about the land, its bush tucker, bush medicines and stories. Willie was educated in Hope Vale and Cooktown before attending high school in Brisbane. He originally trained and worked as a boilermaker, then moved to the health sector, becoming Chairman of the drug and alcohol program, and developing and chairing the Apunipima Cape York Health Council. Prior to starting his tour business he was working in mental health with Life Promotion in Hope Vale. Willie launched Guurrbi Tours in 2003, operating on a shoe-string with no government funding. Today Willie’s magical Aboriginal tours are recognised as one of Australia’s must-do experiences, and his small business has received a host of accolades, both here and overseas. In 2007 he received the Gnunkai Best Indigenous Tour Guide Award, and in 2008 was particularly proud to be named Cook Shire’s Citizen of the Year. The Award recognized his contribution to promoting the region and its Aboriginal culture; his work with at-risk youth, and his great contribution to increasing the understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and communities.
About Garth & Estelle
Estelle is an Aboriginal woman from the Djabugay tribe from the Kuranda area, inland from Cairns. Estelle has been painting seriously for over 25 years and now enjoys far-reaching recognition for her work. Her style is traditional Djabugay in its origins. Garth is originally from the Kunganji tribe, around Yarrabah near Cairns. Garth handcrafts didgeridoos, as well as many other Aboriginal instruments and tools. He then passes them to Estelle, who applies her skills as a painter. The end result is an outstanding piece of art that is meticulous in its execution and yet draws from the most traditional local Aboriginal sources.
Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal Artist
“Binna” Brian Swindley was born in Cooktown and raised in Mossman. Binna began painting at a very young age and has been an artist for over 20 years. His work is inspired by Kuku Yalanji country; its animals, Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests. Binna’s contemporary style combines traditional Aboriginal techniques, concepts and stories that have been handed down within his family for generations with modern mixed media and textured finishes to create stunning original art works that have been sought after by private clients and collectors from all over the world. A friendly character with a great sense of humour and a big cheeky grin, Binna was born with a severe hearing disability which he has overcome by learning to speak and lip read extremely well. Binna’s disability has never dampened his cheeky sense of humour, education, or ability to share his culture. Binna completed high school at Cairns State High School in 1988 and then studied at Cairns TAFE where he graduated with an Associate Diploma of Visual Art and Certificates in Business and Management in the early 1990′s. He now knowns and runs JANBAL GALLERY (www.janbalgallery.com.au