Deebing Creek Mission is being destroyed by “developers”. It is not only a sacred site with a long ancestral history for many tribes, counting several cemeteries and three massacre sites with mass graves. Deebing Creek is like a few Wounded Knees. It has also been a gathering place for the Sovereignty and Unity movement since decades.
Deebing Creek Sovereignty Camp…
On Saturday the 14th, a mob of over 60 fellas assisted to the movie night at camp. We watched the excellent film ’88’, a recent documentary with many Original Elders retelling the stories of the nationwide caravans that gathered the mobs from around Australia in an unprecedented crowd that gave birth to the tent embassy, with footage from the archives. Several Aunties at camp also told their story of how they took part in that historic movement. About one third of the attendance were children as part of their education to know the history of their cultures and carry it on in the future generations.
After the film, the Aunties wanted to talk with me and we gathered around the fire for a yarn. They asked me about my encounter with the local Yowie clan that afternoon behind the creek, where Yowie FirstNation had told me to go. I told them how they showed up, made themselves heard, the messages they gave me and the footprints I had found. Every Elder I spoke with here has Yowie stories and experiences to share, and some have a great knowledge and connection with them. They ask me to do a presentation on Yowie this coming Sunday. In the 1820’s when the invaders arrived with Patrick Logan’s troops, it was recorded that the Yowies threw boulders at them and chased them out. There has been many attacks and three massacres here since but the land is still the home and sacred ground of the Original custodians.
After the Moon came out, Auntie Karen put up a group and took us to the tree structures nearby. She asked me to transmit the messages the Yowie were giving to help protect sovereignty and these sacred grounds of important cultural and historical significance.
The next day we went to the same place and heavy machinery was destroying the land and stripping down trees. Auntie Karen (the other one) called the mobs and the next day, the protectors set up camp at the entrance of Orchards Properties and succeeded in stopping the works for the day, as the workers were sent home. But it was just a short truce as they returned in lat afternoon. The protectors are now organizing stronger.
This destruction of this ancestral sacred ground for urban development mega-projects is unacceptable and the Original custodians are determined to protect it. Spread the word, show your support to Deebing Creek Sovereignty Camp west of Brisbane.
I also had the visit of Kris Bunda, who goes by Yowie FirstNation and we shared many stories and messages from the Yowie people, as the Sasquatch are generally called here. There would be much more to report, but time goes fast and WiFi availability scarce.
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