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STORIES OF NYUNGAR DANCING PERFORMANCE

 

Nyungar dancing

 

I have been reading the fascinating Dancing in Shadows book about Histories of Nyungar performance by historian Anna Haebich and recommend it to anyone interested in the history of our local Wadjuk Nyungar, and all the indigenous people of Australia.

The book published by UWA was gifted to me by my generous mate Paolo Gumina and I can’t thank him enough! I have already learned so many new things about WA’s Nyungar history in the first 100 pages.

The book is about corroborees  and dancing and The power of Indigenous performance pitted against the forces of settler colonisation and is a fantastic read.

One important fact I learned is that with 40,000 people our WA Nyungars are the largest Aboriginal group/tribe/nation in Australia.

The book launch was held at the New Edition bookshop in Fremantle’s High Street, so they will have copies for you to purchase. Go and get one today!

Roel Loopers

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ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 1, 2013

KAYA! Come and join the WARDARNJI Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre this Saturday November 2 from 12 to 5 pm. It will be MOORDITJ, or deadly in Wadjela language.

Enjoy music, dance, a corroboree, try bush tucker, participate in the activities, or check out the displays.

Richard Walley will play the didge, the Wadumbah dance group will be there, as will the Yorga Boys, the Moorditj Mob, Kwarbah Djookian, Gya Ngoop Kobori, Merindas and the Rhythm, Phil Walley Stack and Clint Blacknell.

It will be a relaxing afternoon.

Roel Loopers

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