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Cultural values

Cultural Values

Mt Quincan holds particular cultural significance to the traditional owners of the area.The mountain and its crater are known to hold particular cultural significance to the Ngadyan people – the traditional owners of the area.

For over 40,000 years Quincans have had a significant part of Aboriginal lore in Far North Australia. They are spiritual beings unseen by humans. The Quincans appear in traditional paintings in sandstone shelters along the Laura River in Cape York Peninsular.

painting.jpgQuincans come in many shapes and forms with the best known being the Timara. Percy Trezise and Dick Roughsey in the forward to their publication ‘ Quinkin Mountain’ wrote,

“ The friendliest Quincans are the tall thin Timaras. They keep a watchful eye on children and help them when they are in danger. Timaras live in rock crevices and like to play jokes on people by reaching out a long arm and poking them in the ribs when they are looking the other way”

Each of the cabins proudly display a painting of the cheeky Timaras emerging from the dark spirit world. The Kehoes commissioned Ian Waldron to create a Timara painting for each of the treehouses. Each has a signed certificate of authenticity.

Using a combination of oil and acrylic and working with both figurative and abstract imagery, Ian’s style is best described as contemporary indigenous art. Ian is of the Kurtijar Language Group whose traditional country is located between Karumba and Mitchell River in the south west region of Cape York. When he is not travelling with his art exhibitions Ian proudly calls Yungaburra home.