Kuyurru Games Trail: Yorkeys Knob

Explore the Kuyurru Games Trail, located at Yorkeys Knob Foreshore Park, to find out about traditional games that were played by indigenous children in many different parts of Australia.

Most of these games were played to help children learn skills they needed later in adult life, for hunting and fighting.

The word Kuyurru translates to mean the wind or sea breeze and relates to the way it influences the weather and climate.

The Kuyurru Games Trail is located on land that is originally the home of the Yirrganydji people, an indigenous rainforest and coastal culture belonging to the Djabugay language group of Far North Queensland. Yirrganydji territory comprised the coastal strip of land between the areas now known as Cairns and Port Douglas, including Freshwater Creek and the Barron River.

The descriptions of each game include a Yirrganydji name, pronunciation and meaning.

Kee'an

Kee’an is a game used to improve throwing skills for hunting in northern Queensland. Read more

Kaidu Babu

Kaidu Babu is a popular water game that was observed being played at Mabuiag Island. Read more

Weme

The Walbiri people of central Australia played this stone-throwing game. Read more

Buroinjin

Buroinjini was a game played by the Kabi Kabi people of south Queensland. Read more

Marngrook

The Marngrook or game of ball was played by some Indigenous people in Victoria. Read more

Taktyerra

Taktyerra is a mock combat or fighting game where the player avoid being hit by the ball. Read more

Kokan

A hockey game called kokan was played in Mabuiag. Read more

Edor

Edor is a version of a chasing-tagging game originating from the Aurukun community. Read more

Acknowledgments

The Cairns Regional Council (Council) acknowledges the Aboriginal Tribes and Clans within our region who are the custodians and First Peoples of this country. We recognise and respect your languages and the unique beliefs and pride within your customs and cultures that define your continuing relationships and responsibilities to your shared land and sea boundaries. This respect and honour extends to elders both past and present.

Council acknowledges the the local Yirrganydji traditional owners and their assistance in delivering the Kuyurru Games Trail.

All traditional ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ games have been sourced from Yulunga - Traditional Indigenous Games (Australian Sports Commission, 2009) and used with the permission of the Australian Sports Commission.

The Australian Sport Commission and the Queensland Government acknowledges Ken Edwards for the extensive and thorough research undertaken to collate the Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games.

To create this resource, Ken Edwards with the assistance of Troy Meston reviewed almost every available account of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games from all parts of Australia.

The Australian Sports Commission recognises the traditional owners of the games and activities that formed the basis of this resource. This resource is dedicated to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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The Cairns Regional Council (Council) acknowledges the Aboriginal Tribes and Clans within our region who are the custodians and First Peoples of this country. We recognise and respect your languages and the unique beliefs and pride within your customs and cultures that define your continuing relationships and responsibilities to your shared land and sea boundaries. This respect and honour extends to elders both past and present.

Council also acknowledges other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live within this region. We have made a commitment to maintain and strengthen our partnerships and respectful relationships with you in the true spirit of reconciliation so that together we can share in increasing opportunities for positive outcomes for all who live within the different communities in our region.

Last updated: 02 May 2018