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A lot of walking tracks in the Barron Gorge National park have culteral and historic relevance to Djabugay,they are a local Aboriginal tribe,known as Bama.
The people say they use the name Bama to describe all rainforest Aboriginal tribes.
These tribes created most of these tracks that are used today to enable them to move from the coast to the Cairns Tablelands.
The Barron Falls is a sacred site and a place for story telling---the rainbow serpent,Gudja,was seen to be the most powerful wet season totemic creators,and Bama believe Gudja created all the creeks and waterways of the Barron Gorge.
An agreement with Bama is being negotiated so they will ensure their invovlment in the park management,in particular protect the traditional peoples rights and interests,including indigenous names for the walking tracks.
For example--Cairns city walks are---Gimuy
Crystal Cascades--- Bidjil Bidjil
McDonald's Track--- Djabugandji
You may need to ask permission to enter into a sacred place.
I am very fortunate to be friends with some of these people and they often tell me stories.
I always ask permission before I write anything about them--they also don't like having their photo taken.
othercontact: Indigenous people.
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