As an Aboriginal woman of the Gija language group, Queenie had been the cultural strength of her community, she was referred to as the 'law woman' for the Kimberley, a vast area of wilderness situated at the top of Western Australia. In her role as law woman Queenie would insure that the traditional cultural practices were carried out correctly and at the right times. She also insured that the younger generations learnt about their cultural heritage and she taught them about song, ceremony and story. She was known by people across the Kimberley as the 'Boss' of women's law.
The women of Warmun Community, decided in 2002 to make a book about Queenie, to keep her legacy alive.
The Written in the Land website tells the story of this book.
About the Warmun Community
The Warmun Community (previously known as Turkey Creek Community) is located at the very top of Western Australia, a vast remote wilderness. Aboriginal people in this community are predominantly from the Gija language group. The community is 200 klm south of the town of Kununurra, and slightly north of the magnificent world heritage listed National Park known as Purnululu or Bungles as it used to be called.
The old settlement at Turkey Creek was formerly an outback police station and rations depot that was established in the 1880's in an effort to manage the horrific conflicts between indigenous people and white settlers. White settlers came to take up land and establish vast cattle stations. The first cattle station established in the area in 1897 was Texas Downs Station, where Queenie spent most of her life until she was resettled to the community along with many others who had later been forced off the stations, and their traditional lands.
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