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The Connections across the Coral Sea: A story of movement exhibition reveals the latest archaeological findings about the earliest movements of people and trade between the seafaring cultures of Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait, and the northeast coast of Queensland. The exhibition shares the amazing story of the scientific evidence that complements the traditional knowledge held by the Dingaal clan – that the Coral Sea has long been a place of cultural exchange, trade, and connection with our neighbours.
To celebrate the stories behind the exhibition, the Dingaal community from the northeast coast of Australia led Mangal Bungal: Clever Hands: 3-days of cultural events from 7-9 July 2023. The program brought to life traditional knowledge and stories of walking on Country through dance, storytelling, hands-on workshops, and immersive digital projections.
Mangal Bungal means “clever with hands” in Guugu Yimithirr language and is about connecting culture and spirituality and using your hands to create.
Dingaal stories are entwined with Country and Mangal Bungal: Clever Hands brought this remote Country to Queensland Museum through artworks made from natural materials from Jiigurru (Lizard Island) and a planetarium video of the island and its cultural sites.
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Tanya Yoren – Creative lead and Director of Walmbaar Aboriginal Corporation
Dingaal Community, artists, performers, and advisors
Shailand Deeral-Rosendale – Director of Walmbaar Aboriginal Corporation
Kenneth McLean - Chairperson and Director of Walmbaar Aboriginal Corporation
Stephen Pilcher (didgeridoo)
Little Vernon Roughsey
Bryanne Darkan Yoren
Core creative support team
Bianca Beetson – First Nations engagement, Queensland Museum Network
Lizzie Crouch – Project initiator and creative producer, UNSW/CABAH
Shelley Dunlop – Museum project manager, Queensland Museum Network
Lizzie Muller – Project initiator and engagement advisor, UNSW/CABAH
Jodie Muraca – Engagement development and delivery, Queensland Museum Network
Martin Potter – Filmmaker, Deakin/CABAH
Avril Quaill – First Nations engagement, Queensland Museum Network
Sean Ulm – CABAH research and community engagement advisor, JCU/CABAH
Bridget Wall – Museum project lead, First Nations engagement, Queensland Museum Network
Queensland Museum Network
Cathy ter Bogt
With thanks to the wider museum team for their support of Mangal Bungal: Clever Hands
CABAH researchers and team
Jacqueline Wales, Communications and Media Manager, CABAH
Nathan Wright, Chief Operating Officer, CABAH