Historic nation-wide dance to unite traditional owners to be partly held at Gulaga

CAPTIVATING: Wallaga Lake elder Warren Foster Sr (front right) with the Gulaga Dancers troupe in full ochre in Tathra, 2016. Picture: Alasdair McDonald
CAPTIVATING: Wallaga Lake elder Warren Foster Sr (front right) with the Gulaga Dancers troupe in full ochre in Tathra, 2016. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

A nation-wide dance, the first event of its kind in Australia's history, will take place partly on the foothills of Gulaga this weekend.

Nation Dance is a group of unity between first nation's people and has called for all first nation's people to dance together on country as one at the same time.

The event on Yuin land will take place on Sunday at Tilba under Gulaga, also known as Mount Dromedary.

Organiser Ashleigh McGuire said the spokesperson for the event is Wallaga Lake elder Uncle Warren Foster Sr, who will be joined by people from the Yuin nations, desert women from Darwin and tribes from Canberra.

"It's about justice, healing for our people and rain, predominately for our homeland," the Yuin nation woman said.

"It's about working to bring Aboriginal people together to fight for justice, to support each other together, and to keep fighting as one big group."

Nation Dance Yuin will be held at the Tilba Tilba oval on Sunday, December 1.

Starting at 12pm Yuin people will be painted in traditional ochre and led by Mr Foster in a rehearsal dance and smoking ceremony before the nation-wide dance for traditional custodians takes place at 1pm.

Then from 1.30pm all participating Yuin tribes will hold traditional dances and songs.

Non-traditional custodians are welcome to observe and support the event, but will not part-take in the sacred songs and dances.

For more information visit the dance's Facebook event page.

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