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How did you get the picture or our corroboree? It was held in Broke in 2017. We have one every year and it is an important cultural event with men coming from around much of eastern Australia to participate.
To see how the corroboree looks, check this: (we hold a corroboree annually, generally in the Hunter but we move around the place as our members come from all over). This is a compilation of our Cowra Corroboree which will feature on NITV sometime in the next 12 months or so.
Yes, what is it about?
My wife is about to attend “Deadly Didge N Dance Festival” for Palm Island's
centenary of establishment.
Unfortunately I have burned all my leave up recently due to illness and cant go.
Was in lake Mungo area and we did a cultural burn of the country at night. The dance came from that experience. You see in the first section, lines of dancers moving forward to set fire to the grass (spinifex). In the second cut you see them moving around and stopping with their hands mimicing the flames while they shake a leg. In the last section they move in a circle as the country is now healed. I returned to the place 4 years later and a serious fire had ripped through the area. Everything above the ground had been killed (mulga and spinifex country with some belah woodland too). One area was green and OK: the bit we'd burned. Like everything in Aboriginal lore, fire is a living thing.
The second dance is about plovers protecting their children and driving away someone who threatens them. It's designed as an entertaining performance buit it has a serious message as the threat could be any sort of wrong thing that can affect a family or a community drugs, sexual abuse, law breaking etc. It's a reminder to adults to keep community safe.