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'Aboriginal Stone Arrangements' Nov. 19

November 17, 2009

The Gummingurru stone arrangement site is one of largest of its kind in Queensland. Until the early 19th century, it was used for ceremonies and male initiation. The ceremonies came to an end in 1890 when Europeans removed the Aboriginal people from their land and into the towns or government-run missions. On Thursday, Nov. 19, the CSU Department of Anthropology will host a lecture by Annie Ross, a University of Queensland archaeologist, who will discuss Gummingurru and its significance to Aborigines and the world.

The Gummingurru stone arrangement in inland southern Queensland.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.
Eddy Hall, Room 104

Aboriginal stone arrangements are found throughout Australia and are of spiritual importance to Aboriginal people. In her presentation, Annie Ross, Ph.D., a University of Queensland archaeologist, will discuss Gummingurru, one of Australia’s most preserved Aboriginal stone arrangements..  

Site of initiation ceremonies

Gummingurru is an Aboriginal ceremonial site located in Queensland, Australia. Before Europeans arrived in the late 19th century, Gummingurru was a once a secret, sacred place where Aboriginal men would gather for initiation ceremonies.  

Site of learning and reconciliation

By the early 20th century most of the Aboriginal people who were living near the site were moved to government-run Aboriginal missions on Palm Island and Cherbourg.

Since 2000, Aborigines have returned to the site and have given the place and its cultural landscape a new meaning. Gummingurru now has contemporary value as a site of learning and reconciliation for all Australians.  

Feature photo on Today@Colorado State Events page: Gummingurru stone arrangements.

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Contact: Mary Van Buren
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