Tallis Landers, Lane Brookes and Rj Landers at the Nation Dance held at the Yarning Circle on Bungil St.
Tallis Landers, Lane Brookes and Rj Landers at the Nation Dance held at the Yarning Circle on Bungil St.

First Nation dance embeds culture into communities

FOR THE first time across Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participated in a Nation Dance on Sunday, in hopes of encompassing many traditional dances from many Nations sharing together.

Once the clock struck noon, Lane Brookes and his cousins, RJ and Tallis Landers from the Mandandanji tribe joined tribes around Australia to perform traditional dances, while livestreaming it on the Surat Aboriginal Corporation Facebook page.

"It started as part of promoting the healing and restoration of our country within Australia just due to the bushfire and droughts and some of the tragic deaths of recent we've seen throughout the place," Mr Brookes said.

"We want to revitalise and rejuvenate some of our culture and embed that back within our communities by live streaming it on our social media platforms at noon."

 

Lane, Tallis and RJ who have been dancing since they were 11 years old performed a welcoming song and dance, shake a leg - a celebration dance as well as a traditional dance which depicts the fishing technique used by their ancestors.

Members of the community were then invited to partake in learning a traditional dance led by Lane, or have a go at playing a didgeridoo or clapsticks.

"Megan Brown and the Surat Aboriginal Corporation are the ones that really pushed for it," Mr Brookes said.

"I'm glad we got good community numbers and a lot of people who have come to learn the dance, play the didgeridoo and be involved in a cultural aspect of the community.

"We had a lot of old people die this year and its been quite sad so before anything else is lost, I think it's important we have these events that can be continually passed on.

"Even thought we have books and other methods of capturing these moments, its still beneficial for us to share and pass on these special moments with everyone."


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