NAIDOC celebrations lined up

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham and Ali­cia Per­era

Hun­dreds of peo­ple across the Pil­bara are ex­pected to join in a string of events and activities cel­e­brat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, her­itage and achieve­ments for NAIDOC Week.

Al­though NAIDOC Week of­fi­cially starts on July 1, Tom Price kicked off celebrations early at a free com­mu­nity event last Satur­day.

Pun­ters en­joyed a spe­cial per­for­mance by one of the top didgeri­doo play­ers in the coun­try, Phil Wal­leyS­tack, as well as tra­di­tional food, danc­ing, sto­ry­telling, art activities and live en­ter­tain­ment.

Sev­eral schools, in­clud­ing Tam­brey and Mil­lars Well Pri­mary schools held NAIDOC activities last week for stu­dents and staff to cel­e­brate be­fore their hol­i­day break.

Tam­brey Pri­mary School in­vited more than 20 par­ents and com­mu­nity lead­ers with in­dige­nous her­itage to share their sto­ries of strength and re­silience with stu­dents as part of a pro­gram that em­pha­sised this year’s theme of lan­guage groups.

Among the speak­ers was Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Church pas­tor and Min­gul­latharndo com­mu­nity co-founder Mar­shall Smith, who pre­sented cul­tural arte­facts to school­child­ren with nephew Dwayne Sampi.

He said it was good to see so much cul­tural shar­ing hap­pen­ing at the school for NAIDOC Week.

Small in­dige­nous towns and com­mu­ni­ties through­out the Pil­bara will gather at the Roe­bourne District High School Oval this Fri­day for the start of Ngar­luma and Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion’s Ier­a­mu­gadu NAIDOC Week in­vi­ta­tional foot­ball car­ni­val

Yabu­rara and Coastal Mar­dud­hunera Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion are kick­ing off NAIDOC Week in style with a ball at the Tam­brey. Tick­ets are $80 and avail­able from event­tribe.com or by con­tact­ing YACMAC on 9144 2820 or ad­min@yacmac.com.au.

This Sun­day there will be a NAIDOC church ser­vice at the Old Re­serve in Roe­bourne from 9am and chil­dren can get hands-on with dot paint­ing and boomerang mak­ing at the Roe­bourne Li­brary with free arts and crafts ses­sions. The ses­sions are from 10.30am-11.30am on July 4 for ages 5-7 and July 6 for ages 8-13.

The City of Kar­ratha will see out NAIDOC Week with a free com­mu­nity con­cert on July 9 from noon at the Roe­bourne High School oval.

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton also has an ar­ray of NAIDOC events hap­pen­ing through­out the week in Parabur­doo and Pan­na­won­ica. Parabur­doo will kick off NAIDOC week at Ash­bur­ton Hall this Sun­day from 10am-2pm.

All com­mu­nity mem­bers over the age of 55 are in­vited to at­tend the el­ders’ lun­cheon at the Parabur­doo Inn on July 5 from noon-2pm.

Con­tact 9189 5139, 0400 564 207 or ad­min@yin­hawangka.com.au to RSVP by this Fri­day. Put your bak­ing skills to the test on July 8 at Ash­bur­ton Hall for the Damper Com­pe­ti­tion.

Pan­na­won­ica res­i­dents are in­vited to come along to NAIDOC celebrations on July 3 at The Rocks from 4pm.

Visit ash­bur­ton.wa.gov.au for de­tails.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Dwayne Sampi and Mar­shall Smith show Tam­brey Pri­mary kinder­garten stu­dents a range of cul­tural arte­facts at a school NAIDOC Week ac­tiv­ity day last week.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

In­dige­nous dancers were a crowd favourite at the 2016 celebrations in Roe­bourne.

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