Cul­ture takes cen­trestage

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Hun­dreds of peo­ple from across the City of Kar­ratha gath­ered at Roe­bourne High School Oval for the NAIDOC Com­mu­nity Con­cert on Sun­day.

The crowd en­joyed mar­ket stalls, ac­tiv­i­ties, amuse­ments and en­ter­tain­ment from event MC Sean Chool­burra, bands Gawurra and Lucky Luke and the Hip Hop Band, mu­si­cian Shel­lie Mor­ris and the Mayaga Made dancers.

Yind­jibarndi elder Too­tise Daniel said it was great to see peo­ple come to­gether to celebrate indige­nous cul­ture.

“We are a very proud race. We are proud of our lan­guage, our cul­ture, we are proud of the next gen­er­a­tion,” she said.

“The great­est thing is that we can come here to­gether to­day to come to­gether and to share our cul­ture, share our his­tory and to share our sto­ries and our song­lines.”

Rio Tinto Cape Lam­bert port gen­eral man­ager Jamie Robin­son said he felt very priv­i­leged to be a part of the cel­e­bra­tion.

“This con­cert is a key cal­en­dar event for the re­gion but most def­i­nitely for the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity and its sur­round­ings,” he said. “It gives us an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect upon and celebrate the suc­cesses and achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple and for us to learn more about the lo­cal sto­ries.”

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

An­gel, 13, and Jahni Starr, 15, make their mark on the shop­ping cen­tre mu­ral.

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