We are still here
- Strand Foreshore between 5PM to 9PM
- Yunbenum, Magnetic Island between 5PM to 7PM
- Bwgcolman, Palm Island between 5PM to 7PM
- Cape Cleveland between 5PM to 7PM
Through our Eyes is an event that reflects on what the First Nations people of the East Cost of Australia would have seen and felt of the “strange thing sailing by – have you ever wondered?”
The written account during the journey of Captain James Cook as he travelled along the coast on the Endeavour recorded sightings and fires as he sailed from Botany Bay (Kamay) to Possession Island in the Torres Straits. Captain Cook was directed by the King of England in Cooks Secret Document to consent with natives if he was to find the land inhabited, but this did not happen.
This event Through Our Eyes is specific to the First Nations people of the Wulgurukaba Nation, of Yunbenun and Gurambilbarra (Magnetic Island and Townsville), and the Bindal people of Cape Cleveland (South of Townsville). Including the South Manbarra and Bwgcolman People of Palm Island and Townsville region.
These First Nations people will be lighting fires at respective points on the 7th of June when the Endeavour sailed past 252 years ago, with local groups making the statement “We are still here!”.
Ceremonies will be taking place with song and dance, with the elders passing the firestick to our youths to keep the fires burning and our culture strong.
Pre-entertainment will include food stalls, market stalls and live music.
Join us for this momentous event!
Free Event | Bookings Not Required