Sacred Giya/Gia Aboriginal artefacts returned to Giya/Gia traditional owners

[supplied by Butterfly Realty Group]

Giya/Gia Traditional Owners (left) Vicky Brimble, Landowner Mr Mills, Jamie Brimble, Aunty Patricia Brimble & Rita Brimble. Image: supplied

As the sun set recently, Giya/Gia Elder Aunty Patricia Brimble spent hours on the phone liaising with Giya/Gia Official Women’s Business Aboriginal Corporation board of directors to coordinate the return of one sacred Giya/Gia object.

 

Giya/Gia Traditional Owners Aunty Patsy, accompanied by Eldest Daughter Vicky Brimble, youngest daughter Rita Brimble and youngest son Jamie Brimble attended a private property to collect the sacred object. 

 

This item is one of more being returned as part of an ongoing effort between property owners and the Giya/Gia Traditional Owners to restore integrity and show respect for First Nations peoples throughout Birri Gubba Nation (language group). 

 

For cultural reasons Aunty Patricia is  forbidden from describing the Giya/Gia artefacts but their return to the Brimble (née Brady, Emmerson/Solomon) family clan group was a special moment.

 

"We thank the land owner Mr Mills for his honesty and respect, to us, it means everything, on behalf of the Giya/Gia tribe Ancestors and Elders past, present and emerging … this is an emotional and significant moment. We are still here, our Sovereignty has never ceded and our Ancestors watch over us always," she said.

 

"We look forward to one day securing a keeping place which may involve public access but for now, the artefacts I have in my possession as an Elder and Giya/Gia Traditional Owner are in a safe, secure and private location until further notice”.

 

Aunty Patricia said the artefact would one day be returned to country for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

 

This artefact find has prompted Giya/Gia Kaiyu Official Women’s Business Aboriginal Corporation Director Rita Brimble to get in contact with repatriation project leaders from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) for more support in the ongoing efforts to promote, preserve and protect Giya/Gia artefacts on Country. 

 

“We are very grateful and wish to acknowledge the good work of the North Queensland Land Council representatives and Northern Australia Archeologists in ensuring these artefacts found their way back to bona fide Apical ancestors and Giya/Gia Traditional Owners. We are also very hopeful that a proposed project we have on the table could result in an innovative repatriation and cultural program with assistance from the Federal Government.”

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