Julian Lennon receiving The White Feather from Mirning Elders Iris Burgoyne and Bunna Lawrie. The feather is from their most sacred bird the white cockatoo, which the Mirning call Cakalayeli. They also gifted Julian wooden carved clapsticks made from their native tree. They are used to keep the beat for song and dance, and are also a spiritual guardian gift from the Mirning country.
“We now urgently need funding so that an anthropologist can be hired to prove to the court that we are the authentic people of our country. We wish to record this amazing cultural heritage and sacred country, so this can benefit future generations. We are at risk of losing one of our planet’s oldest cultures and our planet’s greatest whale sanctuary.” – Mirning Senior Elder Gnumbunna Bunna Rupert Lawrie