Community gathers to celebrate culture

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Craig Pickett entertains the crowd.
Camera IconCraig Pickett entertains the crowd. Credit: Mia Jeffrey

More than 100 community members enjoyed live music, a yarn, damper, kangaroo sausages and a cuppa as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations in Geraldton.

Community elders demonstrated cultural activities, talked about their life experiences and shared their hospitality.

WA Centre for Rural Health sponsored the event, along with the Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation and MEEDAC Inc.

WA Centre for Rural Health acting director Monica Moran said it was pleasing to see all generations gathered together, with plenty of support from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations.

“We had wonderful music from Aboriginal musicians and singers — Theona Councillor sang in English and in language, Craig Pickett was there, and we had Colin Campbell, a Victorian Aboriginal.

“He had come along to represent the public but because there were other musicians there, he got up to do his set.”

Associate Professor Moran said local artist, poet and staff member Charmaine Papertalk-Green had been up since 2am cooking johnnycakes to give to everybody.

“We had a fire pit dug by young Aboriginal leaders on Saturday, with three fires for damper made on the day and two camp ovens of kangaroo stew,” she said.

“There were ladies from the community all morning tending that food.”

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