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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.

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