For the first time ever Ma:Mu culture will be on display and available to the general public in a cultural and heritage exhibition to be staged in Innisfail in September.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the exhibition was of great significance to the region and will be at the official launch of the exhibition on Wednesday 12 August 2009.
“This is an opportunity for people to see and appreciate the rich culture of the Ma:Mu people from the past through to the present,” Mr Pitt said.
“Many as yet unseen historical artefacts will be lent from the Queensland Museum, private homes, the Elders and local museums which makes this a unique event.”
Exhibition coordinator Kerry Macgillivray thanked Mr Pitt for his support of the project which resulted in a $35,000 grant from the State Government.
“If we had been unable to secure the last minute funding from the Queensland Government, the project would not have gone ahead,” Ms Macgillivray said.
The $70,000 project consists of a 10 week Indigenous Art and Dance program leading up to a three day public exhibition at the Innisfail Shire Hall from September 15-17.
“Over 100 Ma:Mu children identified from over 11 schools will participate in the program which will also feature Ma:Mu Elders,” Ms Macgillivray said.
“As well as arts and dance, the exhibition will include a bush tucker display, native animals including crocodiles, snakes and birds with accompanying stories shared by the Elders and a traditional smoking ceremony at every performance.
The exhibition will be visited by nearly 2,000 school students and will be open to the general public for three nights.