Quandamooka Country

Quandamooka Country

The region and indigenous people of Moreton Bay and its island are referred to as Quandamooka. These include the Ngugi tribe on Moreton Island and the Gorenpul and Nunukil clans on North Stradbroke Island. The Aboriginal name for Moreton Island is Moorgumpin meaning "place of sandhills".

For 50,000 years the Australian Aborigines relied on plants and animals for food, medicines, shelter, tools and clothing. The Ngugi people lived on Moreton Island for over 2,000 years. They relied heavily on resources from the sea, with fish, shellfish, dugong and turtle making up a major portion of their diet. This marine-based lifestyle was supplemented by plant foods and honey. There are approximately 64 edible plant species on the island.

The Ngugi people's connection with the land and sea has a strong spiritual basis and some animals are strongly linked with traditions and customs.

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