INDIGENOUS Storytelling about Jarramali season (Storm Season) is the focal point for Christmas signage along Mossman’s main street this festive season.
The banners depict major moments in the Eastern Kuku Yalanji seasonal calendar like turtles nesting, fishing for barramundi, the time for building shelters and hunting and gathering in the wetlands.
Local artists and Muruku Group members Margaret Rocky, Janine Paterson, Alison Creek and Fiona Creek are proud to be a part of the project, which promotes the use of traditional language within the Shire.
Council have also installed a six-metre-high Christmas tree at the junction in Mossman along with coloured lighting in the famous raintrees on Foxton Avenue and at points along Front Street
In recognition of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, thirty-six place signs featuring local Indigenous Language will also be installed across the Douglas Shire.
Douglas Shire Council is also hoping to finalise designs and install welcome signage featuring local Indigenous designs at Mossman and Daintree Village.
The Muruku Group is a free, community group that provides a place for people to come together and be creative, regardless of race or social standing.
They meet each Monday at the Mossman Community Centre on Mill Street.
The group are the driving force behind a series of children’s books written in traditional language and used as a resource at Mossman State Primary School.
The Muruku Group artists involved in this project would like to thank fellow group members for their support including Clare Ogilvie, Carol Cruden, Pauline Howell and Joan Fordham.