We encourage artists to open their showcases with an acknowledgement of country, if they wish to do so.
Here's an example of a BIGSOUND Acknowledgement of Country, written by Uncle Kevin Starkey for our 2022 print program, with Yagara language given by Gaja Kerry Charlton:
QMusic acknowledges the Traditional Owners (Goori people) of Magandjin where we gather for BIGSOUND 2022.
The unwavering maintenance of Tradition, Story, Dance and Song through Elders past and present has ensured Song lines carrying knowledge have resonated from our waterholes, over plains, through valleys, across the winds and into the waters of Warra since the first word was uttered in time.
Together We Stand as we deliver our new Songs.
Rather than a cut-and-paste statement, we encourage artists to present their acknowledgement in their own words, with a message that means something to them.
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Gaja Kerry and Uncle Kev developed the name "Goolwal Goolwal" for BIGSOUND. The traditional land BIGSOUND occupies is called Magandjin and its traditional owners (Goori people) are the Yagara and Turrbal people.
You might also like to watch the following short video for inspiration.