NAIDOC celebrations lined up
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Dwayne Sampi and Marshall Smith show Tambrey Primary kindergarten students a range of cultural artefacts at a school NAIDOC Week activity day last week.
Indigenous dancers were a crowd favourite at the 2016 celebrations in Roebourne.