Boori Guman – Gudju Gudju Fourmile (2017)


This is a story of courage and the bringing together of people from all nations and cultures.

The Yidinji people tell about the travels of Gudju Gudju, the Rainbow Serpent, and how he created the different colours of our flora and fauna. In this story, the warriors take the fire from Gudju Gudju to bring the people together, to sit around the one fire Boori Guman to sing and dance.

The Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir has been chosen to keep this story safe and to pass it on to future generations, holding true the spirit of reconciliation.

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About the Authors

Gudju Gudju Fourmile is the Great Grandson of Yie-nie, who was the great leader of the Yidinji people. Yie-nie was given the King Plate in the late 1800’s by the Governor and given the title the King of Cairns.

Gudju Gudju is from the Walubarra Yidinji clan of Gimuy, the traditional name for the place today known as Cairns. Gimuy is from the Yidinji name for the slippery blue fig tree. Traditional lands of the clan extend from Cairns south to near Gordonvale, west into the ranges inland, and east along Trinity Inlet. The lands in the Cairns suburb of Woree were the principal traditional camping grounds of the Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji People.

Lyn Williams OAM is Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people having founded Gondwana Choirs in 1989. The organisation now comprises of the Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana National Choirs and Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir. Her exceptional skill in working with young people is recognised internationally for its artistic quality and ground-breaking innovation.

Lyn was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts’ prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 2017 for outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia in recognition of her lifework as founder and director of Gondwana Choirs.