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The Gubbi Gubbi (spelt Kabi Kabi) people are an indigenous people of Australia, and a corresponding language group of the South East Queensland coast, stretching from Pine River in the South to the Burrum River in the North - an area most commonly known today as Kilkivan.
Gubbi means "no". Gubbi Gubbi is a stronger form of no. Kabi is pronounced Gubbi, which has created much confusion in modern times. People call themselves Kabi in an attempt to create an alternate claim to the land. The elders of the Traditional Owners have determined to use the Gubbi pronunciation and English spelling to remove the confusion. Those that now call themselves Gubbi Gubbi are the Federal Court appointed traditional owners, those that call themselves "Kabi" are not.
Gubbi Gubbi were previously designated the main anthropological group identified in the South East Queensland region. Smaller groups have attempted to establish claims without success. An example of this is the people who call themselves "Undumbi", whose claim could not be verified to the Federal Court. People in that claim have made subsequent claims in other clan names without success.
The Gubbi Gubbi people do not believe in the Rainbow Serpent.
Notable Gubbi Gubbi people
- Dali'pie, a Gubbi Gubbi elder of the early to late 19th century, a person who was an outspoken critic of the treatment of his people by the colonial government and early settlers in Australia.
- Dahn'dali, a man who led his young men in a war against the colonial government and early settlers, from 1841 to 1854.
- Arthur Beetson, Queensland Rugby League legend and former Australian captain
- Bill Monkland, a Queensland Rugby League representative
- Eve Fesl (née Serico) Captain Queensland Woman's Athletic team, world record holder for discus (height and weight), first Australian Indigenous person to gain, on educational merit, a PhD from an Australian University
- Jim Crowe, a member of the first Australian team to tour Britain, an indigenous team
- Lucy Monkland, daughter of James and Maggie Crowe, who made a point of passing on the Gubbi Gubbi language and culture to her children and grandchildren
- Clifford Monkland, senior Gubbi Gubbi elder, most important male, guided most of today's Gubbi Gubbi in their culture