Yibaay, is the name that has been passed down for tens of thousands of years and now carried by many Gomeroi/Gamilaraay people today. However its spelling has changed over the years due to mis pronunciation.
Today the name is referred to as HIPPI, which is the name carried by our creative director Buddy Hippi and his family.
This name is one of four distinctive traditional tribal family names given by our creator being bawudjarr.
1. YIBAAY - HIPPI
2. MARI - MURRAY
3. GAMBUU - COMBO
4. GABII -CUBBY
Are you linked to any of these family names?
Yibaay is connected to the Maliyan (wedged tail eagle) moiety system, which is interconnected to the Guwaymadhan blood group (relates to our red apparel). These stories and lore systems are apart of our great creation story, to carry and uphold our lore, customs and protect our sacred knowledges without disclosing our secrets.
This product is inspired by Wayne Hippi SNR as he always ripped his sleeves off his shirts when working in the hot heat. Buddy also wears his shirts with no sleeves as the heat can escape when working, at the gym or just day to day activities.
Buddy Winangali & Crew