Merindi Schreiber

Merindi Schreiber has Aboriginal heritage, with her homeland being with the Kubirri Warra clan of the Kuku Yalanji people from north Queensland.

With her sisters Deline and Naurita, she performed as a member of the Briscoe Sisters at many major Australian music festivals.

In 2005, she changed career direction to concentrate on composing simple, meaningful, rootsy and heartfelt songs. As well, alongside her husband and children she has taken the opportunity to share culture, beliefs and stories with audiences through song and dance.

Her multiple talents have been showcased at numerous community and private events.

Merindi Schreiber stays true to her personal ambition to share and explore her God-given talents, heritage and cultural knowledge with the world — wherever, whenever and with whomever.

Merindi Schreiber

Kuku Yalanji

The Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people were historically rain forest people inhabiting the coasts, rivers and mountains of northeastern Queensland. Their traditional homelands were located north from Port Douglas to Cooktown and west to Chillagoe. They were hunter-gathers seasonally harvesting resources and had complex cultural and social lives. European colonisation and its devastating warfare, diseases, land clearances, missionisation and paternalism and major negative impacts.

Today the communities of Mossman and Wujal Wujal in particular are home to Kuku Yalanji people with a strong sense of cultural history and tradition. There is a successful ecotourism industry at Mossman Gorge, with visitors attracted to the area’s lush rainforest and river environments and cultural tours conducted by community members.

Information from the Mossman Gorge Centre states: “Much of the Kuku Yalanji history is contained in the oral tradition, as well as in painting the walls of caves… On the [Dreamtime] walk, visitors learn about the dreamtime legends and the deep connection of Kuku Yalanji people to the rainforest”.

Today Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people strive to maintain a close connection to their unique culture.