His­tory through songs to start 150 cel­e­bra­tions

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

ROE­BOURNE 150 Tjaabi Show, Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17, 5.30pm at the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre, Roe­bourne.

Roe­bourne’s 150th an­niver­sary week-long cel­e­bra­tions will be kicked off tonight by Big hART and the Yi­jala Yala Pro­ject’s lat­est pro­duc­tion Tjaabi.

From 6.15pm at the Ngurin Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre, au­di­ences will be given a unique glimpse into the indigenous cul­ture of the Pil­bara through tra­di­tional song and dance, story and images.

Tjaabi rep­re­sents the meet­ing of old and new and will be per­formed by Ngar­luma man Pa­trick Churn­side along with lo­cal chil­dren from the com­mu­nity.

A tjaabi is a unique form of song, of­ten re­ferred to as a mu­si­cal haiku, which has been passed down over gen­er­a­tions and tells sto­ries of ex­pe­ri­ences, land­scapes and his­tory.

Each tjaabi comes from a spe­cific place in the Pil­bara and has an orig­i­nal singer.

Mr Churn­side said the Tjaabi show is an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to Roe­bourne’s an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

“This Tjaabi show is a con­trast to that 150 years but it’s also an in­vi­ta­tion into a cul­ture, a liv­ing cul­ture, that’s been sit­ting in this com­mu­nity for more than 150 years,” he said.

“This cul­ture of song-mak­ing and telling sto­ries through song in the form of tjaabi is what the show is about. “It’s a jour­ney of those songs.” Mr Churn­side has been over­whelmed by the turnout dur­ing the show’s re­hearsals over the past cou­ple of weeks.

“They’ve been very busy, very ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“Es­pe­cially for some of the youth and our kids in the com­mu­nity who have turned up in droves to the re­hearsals and the work­shops ... in the cul­tural cen­tre here in Roe­bourne.”

Tjaabi is part of the Roe­bourne 150 of­fi­cial open­ing and is a free event open to the com­mu­nity.

Be­fore the show starts, there will be speeches and food and drinks avail­able for pur­chase from the Yir­ra­m­a­gardu Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion.

It is an all ages al­co­hol and drug-free event.

For more in­for­ma­tion head to kar­ratha.wa.gov.au/events/tjaabi or yi­jalay­ala.bighart.org/tjaabi.

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