Cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions end in style

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City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lor Evette Smeathers dances up a storm with MC Sean Chool­burra at the NAIDOC Com­mu­nity Con­cert in Roe­bourne last Sun­day. The con­cert marked the end of the city’s NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions for 2017.

NAIDOC Week was a busy time in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton as lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties joined in the cel­e­bra­tions of cul­ture, his­tory and achieve­ments of Aus­tralia’s indige­nous peo­ple.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said NAIDOC Week was a time to celebrate the his­tory and di­ver­sity of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­tures.

“Pre­sent­ing the wider com­mu­nity with the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about, and ex­pe­ri­ence, indige­nous cul­ture is im­por­tant to keep­ing tra­di­tions and his­tory alive,” she said.

A Wel­come to Coun­try, smok­ing cer­e­monies, music and dance, a tra­di­tional food show­case and sto­ry­telling at­tracted com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion through­out the week.

Res­i­dents en­joyed gath­er­ing around the fire pits and tast­ing billy tea, damper and kan­ga­roo stew, as well as learn­ing more about lan­guage and his­tory.

Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ca­tions gen­eral man­ager Linda Daw­son said NAIDOC Week was in­te­gral to recog­nis­ing indige­nous tra­di­tions.

“These events in Pan­na­won­ica, Parabur­doo and Tom Price en­able the com­mu­nity to get in­volved and learn more about tra­di­tional indige­nous cul­ture, hear­ing their sto­ries and par­tic­i­pat­ing in their cus­toms,” she said.

In Tom Price, Phil Wal­ley-Stack per­formed, fol­lowed by a fire dance by Mar­lon Cooke and a group of lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Yin­hawangka Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion hosted a lun­cheon for elders in Parabur­doo, fol­lowed by an evening of cel­e­bra­tion and en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing Derby Band.

Fes­tiv­i­ties in Pan­na­won­ica in­cluded live en­ter­tain­ment from the Red Ochre Band, a per­for­mance by Mayaga Made and visual displays from Parla Pooni and the Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary School.

Onslow res­i­dents en­joyed a NAIDOC darts com­pe­ti­tion at the Sports Club and Tha­lanyji Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion do­nated books to the Onslow Li­brary.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

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