The lessons from a tree take time, and requires more patience than I realised I possessed. When I first embarked on the journey I thought it would be a practical exploration, where I used process to learn about all the possibilities and voices of the physical tree. The twist to this is you can’t learn about a tree unless you learn about the community that it shares space with.
When I began to learn about the old tree, I became aware of the importance of the Bunya Tree. This country is Kabbi Kabbi (Gubbi Gubbi) and I began to learn a small part about the Bunya gatherings that are part of this culture. The history of these trees including some of the cultural stories and information about their destruction post colonisation, and other stories of connection all collected into this whirlpool of knowledge. All of this came together during a weekend in April, in the form of a collaboration at the Cooroora Institute.