Mural masterpiece connects Shoreline children to country

A brushstroke of creativity has brought to life the ‘Jingeri Jingeri’ mural, a celebration of the children of Shoreline and their connection to the country.

The community’s ‘Jingeri Jingeri’ mural (watching over the bush and the bay), has been brought to life.

The creative art collaboration between the children of Shoreline and Quandamooka artist Libby Harward and Minjungbal/Mununjali/Yugambeh artist Uncle Allan Lena, the mural pays respect to Danggan Balan – Five Rivers country in the Yugambeh language region and Jandai speaking Quandamooka country of Moreton Bay.

In July 2022, Uncle Allan and Libby ran a workshop with the children and spoke about the Willy Wagtail along with the important bush tucker and the plants that protect the ecosystems of the bay and the bush that make up Quandamooka and Yugambeh country, that Shoreline is located on.

Elements of the children’s creations were than translated to the final mural scene, which features in Shoreline’s Jingeri Park.

“It’s important for me to work with the local children and celebrate them as artists. The children created amazing work, it was great to see how in touch they are with nature. When we foster this, we are encouraging the children’s connection to country which ensures they have positive interactions with the animals, birds and plants in their community,” said Libby.

“It was fantastic working with the children, talking about how country speaks to them and how they can speak to country.

“This was a wonderful project to be part of, translating the children’s art directly onto the Shoreline mural. The children can come see the mural over the years, feel pride in their work and even bring their own children in years to come.”

The mural goes on a journey from the bush to the bay, and the connection with country, the sunset, the mangroves, the bright yellow cotton trees and the Willy Wagtail.

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The story behind the mural

In the mural you will see Willy Wagtails, bringing different messages.

The Willy Wagtail ‘Jingeri Jingeri’ in Yugambeh Language and ‘Jingeriya Jingeriya’ in Jandawal (A language of the Quandamooka) is a messenger bird.

Many local families both of the Yugambeh and the Quandamooka area have their own stories about this bird. Jingeri Jingeri is often cheeky and sometimes leads you astray but is also known as a very knowledgeable little bird. Children are told to take notice of the Willy Wagtail and ask “what message are you bringing me?” but they are told never to follow him away from family.

You can see the yellow flowers and green leaves of talwalbin – the native hibiscus/cotton tree, an important bayside plant used for making string and spears that must always grow close to the gowinka – mangroves, and is used for medicine, making weapons and tools.

Another source of food is the eugarie or shell fish. There are many shell fish in the sand and also in the healthy mangrove mud and roots that we must protect as it is the breeding ground for baby sea life.

When viewing the mural, you can follow Libby and Uncle Allan’s ancestral pathways that connect Quandamooka and Yugambeh country, past the sea turtles, dugong and dolphins.

Watch the children playing and head to the meeting place or bora ground on Yugambeh country which is surrounded in bush tucker knowledge shared in this mural by Uncle Allan Lena.

You will see gum leaves and nuts (eucalyptus) that were used in ceremony in both men's and women's business. Wattle leaves, flowers and seeds are also a bush tucker, seeds were eaten, flowers soaked in water, both used in ceremony for both men's and women's business.

The ancestral path moves on leading to native bees. If you look carefully you will see a native bee hive.

Honey is an important source of energy and gifted by the young to the Elders. The bees feast on the white sprays of tea tree flowers, also a bush tucker.

All the while Jingeri - Jingeri the Willy Wagtail dances around bringing us messages.

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