Celebration ends on high note
Hundreds gathered at Roebourne High School Oval last Sunday to close NAIDOC celebrations for the year at a community concert.
There was live music from nationally successful artists Thelma Plum, Dan Sultan and Troy Cassar-Daley, as well as market stalls and kids activities.
Sultan said he enjoyed his first time in the Pilbara and being involved in NAIDOC celebrations.
“I think (NAIDOC Week) is just a good time to get together and enjoy each other,” he said.
“We’ve got a long way to go with a lot of different things, but it’s not all bad — it’s a good time.”
Patrick Chrunside and his dancers drew the biggest audience of the day.
People clapped and cheered for the young boys performing traditional indigenous dances.
Mr Churnside said he was proud to watch the boys dance at the concert and the Unsung Hero awards last Friday night after having come so far from their first practice session.
“To see them develop from there to now, I think the other night was the highlight for me to date,” he said.
Mr Churnside said he had a busy but enjoyable NAIDOC Week. “Over the last weekend and few days (I’ve been) organising welcomes, dancing and just generally getting into the spirit of NAIDOC and the community and trying to promote what NAIDOC this year is all about,” he said.
“I think it’s very important this year’s (theme) — it’s all about our songlines and our stories.”
Picture: Louise Allingham