WALYALUP, or Fremantle as it is more widely known, has a long and deep connection with indigenous culture spanning thousands of years.
This bond made it the perfect place to premiere Gumala Aboriginal Corporation’s new documentary Homeland Dreaming during this month’s Naidoc Week celebrations.
Filmed in Youngaleena in the Pilbara, one of the most remote indigenous communities in WA, the documentary follows the community’s founder Horace Parker Sr as he and a team of tradespeople, architects and locals work towards creating a community school.
Gumala interim executive officer Jahna Cedar said it had been the dream of many in Youngaleena to have a school and meeting place. “The passion for this project by the traditional owners, elders and the Youngaleena community as a whole cannot be understated,” she said.
“They have been driven to live out the wishes of their Old People to make this longstanding dream a reality that will bring tangible benefits for future generations.”
A scene from the documentary featuring Horace Parker Sr’s son Tim Parker.