Wayne Sandy

Listen to the stories of Wayne Sandy who is a holder of cultural song and dance in southeast Queensland.

Wayne Sandy (Mununjali/Butchulla Songman) is the older brother of Fred Leone (Butchulla Songman).

That was funny, the crocodile, because when we put that together everybody laughed at us, but we put that together on Aunty Isola’s advice, because we said, “Crocodile? Where crocodile here?” and she showed us the old photos. She said, “So put a dance together about that.” We sort of said, “Well, what do you mean?” She said, “Just think about their first reaction when they come across a crocodile for the first time in the Logan River.” That’s what the dance is about, the mob getting scared of seeing a crocodile first time, and poor crocodile to be up the river too, I guess.

13 July 2018

Ownership mainly belongs to the people who put it together, the dance group, and mainly the people in general, as long as they leave it for everybody else to use, but use it respectfully. Just sort of acknowledge where you got it from, what country it’s from, who gave it to you permission wise. As long as they do that respectfully and acknowledge, it should be okay to – because the idea of that – most of us when we first started like 20 year ago, our dream is like 50 years’ time, our great grandchildren and grandchildren that would know our dances and that. That’s why we do what we do, keep their identity going.

13 July 2018

When people do other people’s dances they sometimes do their version of it. When they do their version of it they’ll change it just a bit. If they change that dance just a bit and then they teach it to someone else and they do the same, by the time it comes to like a fifth person that dance is sort of nowhere near half to what it originally was. That’s why the main reason you’ve got to keep them as they are.

13 July 2018
photo Mick Richards 2018