Blackbird - Finding Family BlongYu Mi

Guest blogger:  Sonia Minniecon, Co Founder, Blackbird - Finding Family Blong Yu Mi

Welcome home ceremony on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

Blackbird helps you to Reconnect, with your family and your culture.

Reconnect -  Re-establish a bond of communication or emotion
Family - a group of people related by blood or marriage
Culture - the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society

At some point in our lives, if it hasn’t happened already, we all yearn to go on that journey to find out who we are and where we come from. For me it meant going back to a small island of Ambrym, in the Vanuatu archipelago a few hours flight from Brisbane. I can honestly say that I did not realise how much I yearned for my reconnection to my family and to my cultural roots until I stood on the island in the old village of my grandfather.

James Minniecon

In many cultures that sense of knowing and belonging is integral to the maintenance of their culture and family and community cohesion. There is a strength and value in knowing and reconnecting with who you are. It affects you as an individual, as member of your family and how you interact with your community. You carry with you years of achievements’, battles, knowledge, dreams and goals.  This does not weigh you down, in fact it lifts you to great heights.

A symbolic ceremony of giving cane knives to represent the ancestors taken to work in Queensland.

This is why we established Blackbird - Finding Family Blong Ui Mi.  So that others can too share in this wonderful feeling of finding family.  For further information on Blackbird projects and events go to the Blackbird Finding Family Blong Yu Mi website.

 

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Hello Sonia. Thank you for the photo and links. My 2nd great grandfather ( on my father's side) is James Minniecon and my 2nd great grandmother is Katherine Lingwoodock. I''m putting together my family tree to help all my brothers and sisters be able to connect with their culture and know where our people came from. My only problem has been sourcing photos, so this site has been great. Thanks.