Out in force for NAIDOC Week 2018
Hundreds celebrate Darumbal culture in march through Rocky
HUNDREDS of people marched through the centre of Rockhampton yesterday to show their support of NAIDOC Week.
This week celebrated the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
Australians from all walks of life joined yesterday’s march to celebrate NAIDOC.
The week presented a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and for people to support their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This year’s theme was ‘Because of Her, We Can.’
GENERATIONS of mothers, aunties, sisters, daughters and friends were in the hearts of hundreds of people marching through Rockhampton to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
The annual march travelled from City Hall across the Fitzroy River, known as Tunooba in the Darumbal language.
It was the first time Gloria Malone, a Darumbal woman, had been able to march on her homeland in many years, adding to the significance of the event.
Ms Malone said the theme (‘Because of Her, We Can’) was so important to NAIDOC Week as women were often forgotten in recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community achievements.
Ms Malone and her sister Rose were thinking of their mother as they marched yesterday, saying she had been “the driving force” in the family.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by a lot of role models in my life, especially my mother, who is no longer here,” Gloria said.
“All those women played such a significant role in my life.
“The way our mother brought us up, she was the backbone of our family. My father went to work, which was great, he kept a roof over our head.
“Both our parents taught us to be respectful to one another, but mum was the disciplinary person.
“She was the one who kept us in line.
“Women are more the givers.
“There are not many people who give back to them.
“This is the perfect opportunity with this theme, ‘Because of Her, We Can’, that we’re actually going to be giving back.”
Rose said their mother raised eight children in “harsh” times, living in a tent when she had their first child.
“She kept part of our language alive,” she said.
“As kids growing up, we thought it was just words we used in our family, but it was the Darumbal language.”
Gloria said an important part of the NAIDOC celebrations was seeing culture and history passed on through new generations.
But it’s not something she’s worried about when it comes to Darumbal people.
“We’ve got some great, won-
derful leaders coming up in the community,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful time to reflect on our young leaders here and nourish them.”
Rose said the celebration was a huge achievement considering speaking traditional languages used to be banned.
“I am really proud of the young people taking it on board, I think it’s a fantastic thing and I love our NAIDOC events,” she said.
DARUMBAL WOMEN: Gloria Malone and sister Rose (pictured left) say they owe much to their mother and thought of her during the NAIDOC Week march.
A sign promoting the 2018 theme: ‘Because of Her, We Can’.
Rockhampton NAIDOC March 2018 kicks off from City Hall.
Traditional dancing during the celebrations.
Having fun at Rockhampton’s NAIDOC march.
Families were all smiles during the march.
Martaia, Rhianna and Cameron Chilly, Jahleal Anderson, and Matthew Chilly before the march.
Traditional ceremonies were held before the march.