Indigenous Knowledge Centre
Our three main clans – the Kuku Yalanji, Kuku Nyungul and Jalunji – have been in the Wujal Wujal township and surrounding region since the dreamtime. Our oral history and storytelling dates back thousands of years in our community.
Today our Aboriginal painting, storytelling, oral histories and languages are alive in traditional form and performance, and also through technology and multimedia. The traditional and the digital come together at Binal Mangka Bayan (‘house of knowing things’) our Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Wujal Wujal.
Access our collections
Everyone is welcome to call in and relax in our quiet ‘Culture Corner’ to enjoy our local arts and culture collections. You can also research our educational material and read the latest books and magazines. Come in and watch our cultural DVDs featuring short stories about our history and heritage. You can also listen to recordings made by Wujal Wujal’s own Radio Indigenous Broadcasting Services. These oral histories feature our community elders telling their stories, keeping our indigenous traditions alive. These stories are also archived by the State Library of Queensland.
Our centre’s resources have been used for community projects. The DotComMob was established in 2005 to help remote indigenous communities access digital technologies for education, training, literacy and fun. In 2009, the Wujal Wujal Council partnered with DotComMob, corporate sponsors and the State Library of Queensland to upgrade our technology centre with computers and laptops. The group also provide training and have started local digital technology, cultural history, music and arts projects.
The DotComMob used Binal Mangka Bayan’s resources to write and record their own multimedia Rap song, describing their life in the Wujal Wujal community.
You can view the video here: http://www.dotcommob.org/blog/category/wujal%20wujal
Connect in our technology centre
You can search the library catalogue for free and use internet services in our technology centre for a small fee. This is useful for locals who don’t have home internet but need to connect with family or access online services. It is also a handy back-up for visitors to our community who need to make travel bookings, access email and Skype connections.
Programmes for children
We offer after-school educational programmes for children, fully supervised by our centre staff. Children can also use our iPads to look at educational material.
Adult Literacy – Monday Afternoons 5pm to 7pm
HACC Clients Day – Tuesdays 10am to 1pm
First Five Forever - Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm
Robotics – Thursdays 9.30am to 2.30pm (Adults) & 3.30pm to 5pm (Children)
Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm
The centre is closed on the weekend.
Come and visit us:
Binal Mungka Bayen
Hartwig Street Office
Wujal Wujal, QLD, 4895
Phone: (07) 4060 8094
Fax: (07) 4060 8250
Image credit: “Kudi” Barramundi - artist Cedric Friday, photo Vikki Burrows.