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NAIDOC celebrations across WA

Posted: July 4th, 2016

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To celebrate NAIDOC Week this year, towns across Western Australia are collaborating with local and national Aboriginal organisations to plan cultural events and activities for their communities.

Working with the Yinhawangka People, the town of Paraburdoo is planning a series of events beginning on 2 July. These events include family friendly gatherings and demonstrations of traditional practices like boomerang throwing and damper-making competitions.

In Tom Price, there are plans for demonstrations of traditional dancing, painting and performances, live music, an outdoor film festival, and a Food Showcase.

In Perth, an afternoon of free family entertainment is being offered at the James Street Amphitheatre. Featuring performances by Jake and the Cowboys, the event is being presented by acclaimed Aboriginal dancer and digeridoo player Olman Walley. Guests can learn about Australia’s native bush plants and bush tucker by trying a variety of samples at market stalls. Those who cannot make it can tune into 100.9 FM for a live broadcast on Noongar Radio.

For more information about the events in Paraburdoo and Tom Price, visit the Shire of Ashburton’s website here, and for information about how NAIDOC Week is being celebrated across WA visit the official NAIDOC week website here.

Yamatji artists to host exhibition in Fremantle

Posted: June 8th, 2016

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The Wirnda Barna Aboriginal Art Centre will be travelling from Badimaya and Wadjarri Country in the upper Murchison region of Western Australia to Fremantle to host the “ Our Country” Art Exhibition. The exhibition will be held between 9 June and 22 June 2016 at the Kidogo Art House.

The Wirnda Barna Aboriginal Art Centre is Australia’s newest not-for-profit Aboriginal art centre. Wirnda Barna supports and represents Aboriginal Artists across Yamatji Country.

Wirnda Barna says its art centre offers a secure, creative and ethical environment where local artists can work together to share knowledge, connect with their language and generate income by selling their art.

You can learn more about Wirnda Barna art centre and the exhibition at their website.

Launch of Aboriginal History Booklet and Yamaji Drive Trail

Posted: August 20th, 2015

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Stan Gratte

Stan Gratte, author of The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas

The City of Geraldton Regional Library recently released the final title in the Mid West Heritage series,
The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas by Stan Gratte and Dale Forsyth. This series highlights Geraldton’s rich Aboriginal history.

The book was showcased on 19 August at the Launch@The Library along with the new Yamaji Drive Trail – a tourist guide, celebrating Yamatji history and culture in the Greater Geraldton area.

The author paints an overview of life for Aboriginal people living in the Geraldton area before and after the region was settled by Europeans.

This publication is now available for $9.95 from the City of Geraldton Regional Library and can also be purchased from the Geraldton Visitors Centre and WA Museum.