Out in force for NAIDOC Week 2018

Hun­dreds cel­e­brate Darum­bal cul­ture in march through Rocky

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - MICHELLE GATELY michelle.gately@cap­news.com.au

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.

Photo: Michelle Gately

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.

Photo: Michelle Gately

A sign pro­mot­ing the 2018 theme: ‘Be­cause of Her, We Can’.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Rock­hamp­ton NAIDOC March 2018 kicks off from City Hall.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Rose Malone.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Tra­di­tional danc­ing dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Hav­ing fun at Rock­hamp­ton’s NAIDOC march.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Fam­i­lies were all smiles dur­ing the march.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Mar­taia, Rhi­anna and Cameron Chilly, Jahleal An­der­son, and Matthew Chilly be­fore the march.

Photo: Michelle Gately

Tra­di­tional cer­e­monies were held be­fore the march.

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