Re­spect for tra­di­tional own­ers high­lighted

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Tra­di­tional sto­ries of rain­bow ser­pents, how some of the Pil­bara hills were formed and an in­tro­duc­tion to bush medicine were all part of Kar­ratha cops’ NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions last week.

Kar­ratha po­lice heard from Ngar­luma man and tour guide Clin­ton Walker about Ngar­luma and Yind­jibarndi cul­ture, as well as some of the sto­ries of the land in a half-hour cer­e­mony on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Glen Dins­dale said learn­ing about cul­ture was a way to show re­spect to the Pil­bara’s tra­di­tional own­ers.

“It is a good way for po­lice and indige­nous peo­ple to break that stigma and celebrate each other’s cul­ture,” he said.

“We have boys and girls in blue out on the street ev­ery day and we in­ter­act with a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“It is nice to show some re­spect for each other’s cul­ture.”

Mr Walker said learn­ing about Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture would help bring every­one closer. “I see it as a great thing that peo­ple are now get­ting more in­ter­ested in learn­ing about Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage and cul­ture,” he said.

“We have a large Abo­rig­i­nal pop­u­la­tion here so you will ob­vi­ously meet and see Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and for us to get the cul­ture out, I don’t think it is too hard at all.

“There is so much to see and learn out here. “The coun­try has many sto­ries.” Mr Walker said work­ing with po­lice was a high­light of his ca­reer.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha po­lice act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Glen Dins­dale with Ngar­luma man Clin­ton Walker and the Kar­ratha po­lice.

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