The 2019 People Country Culture calendar is produced by the Wet Tropics Management Authority and Terrain NRM, to celebrate and raise awareness of the important connection Rainforest Aboriginal people have with the Wet Tropics Bioregion and its cultural landscape.
The United Nations declared 2019 The International Year of Indigenous Languages. There are at least eight different language groups with ongoing traditional connections to land in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Wherever possible, traditional names have been used in this calendar.
Rainforest Aboriginal people are connected to country through traditional customs and knowledge. Stories told by Rainforest Aboriginal people of creation, lore and warnings are inscribed into the land and have been passed down through the generations.
This remarkable and continuous connection with the Wet Tropics landscape was recognised by the Area’s National Heritage listing for Indigenous heritage values on 9 November 2012.
This calendar features a series of Wet Tropics Rainforest Aboriginal groups’ stories set against the backdrop of their country, as retold by those Traditional Owners who carry on this ongoing connection.
We acknowledge and are grateful for the contributions made by Rainforest Aboriginal people including Elders from across the Wet Tropics.
The Authority and Terrain NRM are committed to continuously improving our engagement with Rainforest Aboriginal people and the wider community—we would love to hear from you.