Josh Roma dances with the Kalu Yurung (fast rain) dance group at Nelson Reserve yesterday as part of Naidoc week celebrations.
Josh Roma dances with the Kalu Yurung (fast rain) dance group at Nelson Reserve yesterday as part of Naidoc week celebrations.

Naidoc week celebrations

INDIGENOUS culture was celebrated with dance and music in Nelson Reserve yesterday as part of Naidoc Week celebrations.

Leaf Bennet lead the Kalu Yarun dance group in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Leaf is the eldest grandson of Gubbi Gubbi elder Aunty Olive Bennet.

He said Kalu Yarun the name of his indigenous dance group is Gubbi Gubbi for fast rain.

His son Jangala and Aunty Olives great grandson also danced.

Leaf now lives in Brisbane with his family but said he still had a connection with the Gubbi Gubbi land, that includes Gympie and the Cooloola Coast and enjoyed dancing for the people.

Event organiser Aunty Lillian said the day went well despite a couple of hiccups.

Comedian Sean Choolburra didn’t turn up for his gig at the event but Aunty Lillian said that didn’t stop the spirit of reconciliation.

“Our people are good at making something happen, we improvise,” Aunty Lillian said.

Lillian said the sea of hands placed in the lawn at Nelson Reserve was a symbol of reconciliation.

This year the hands were joined by many feet of different colours which symbolised different cultures walking together as one. Photos of famous indigenous Australians were also honoured.

Gympie Times


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