Cel­e­bra­tions put cul­ture in the spot­light

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A damper cook­ing demon­stra­tion, ta­lent quest and in­dige­nous film fes­ti­val were among the packed pro­gram of events Shire of Ash­bur­ton towns put on to cel­e­brate NAIDOC Week.

In Parabur­doo, Yin­hawangka Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion pre­sented a lun­cheon for se­niors and ac­tiv­ity days for chil­dren as well as na­tive food tast­ings, fire-pit cook­ing and billy tea.

Residents were also in­vited to show­case their hid­den tal­ents at the NAIDOC Fam­ily Ta­lent Quest held at Ash­bur­ton Hall on July 2.

In Tom Price, com­mu­nity mem­bers flocked to a tra­di­tional open­ing cer­e­mony and wel­come to coun­try run by the Abo­rig­i­nal Bio­di­ver­sity Cor­po­ra­tion on July 3.

An in­dige­nous film fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing lo­cally made Pil­bara films marked the end of the week’s events.

Pan­na­won­ica residents cel­e­brated with art and sports ac­tiv­i­ties led by Parla-Pooni, an in­ter­ac­tive cul­tural dance by Mayaga Made per­form­ers and live mu­sic from the Red Ochre Band.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said it was im­por­tant for all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and ac­knowl­edge the his­tory, cul­ture and achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Aus­tralians.

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