Belgrave Survival Day honours Aboriginal Tent Embassy

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Belgrave Survival Day honours the 40th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 1972 – 2012

Belgrave Survival Day 2012
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- (excerpt from The Kamerra Identity)

In solidarity with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy commemoration in Canberra, we acknowledge and honour the ongoing struggle for genuine Indigenous land rights, and the aspiration to once again feel empowered as sovereign peoples within this ancient land.

As Indigenous writer Djarro Lambadgee wrote:

Country is Sovereign Space and Sovereign Space is Country

The Land is Kamerra and Kamerra is The Land

Kamerra is Red Mother Earth and Red Mother Earth is Kamerra

Come and join us for the fifth annual Belgrave Survival Day event, which celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture on the globe through live music, storytelling, traditional dance and craft.

The Indigenous line up for the 2012 event

• Emerging hip hop act, Yung Warriors, comprising Tjimba Possum Burns and Danny Ramzan (D Boy). Very talented and both in their 20's, they have recently been touring the nation with Coloured Stone and were the live acts at the 2011 ‘Dreamtime at the G’ AFL match between Richmond and Essendon. A second album, Standing Strong, is due out shortly.

Lou Bennett – formerly a member of the band, Tiddas, she has been an integral member of the Black Arm Band as well as venturing into live theatre, a solo musical career and academia.

• Noted historian and academic, Dr. Gary Presland, who has written signficant works on Koori (and natural) life both pre- and post-colonisation.

Rodney Augustine (Save the Kimberley) will speak about the imminent threats to his beloved lands/seas of the Kimberley.

Jindi Worobak Dance Group - younger members of the Wurundjeri council peforming traditional dance.

Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie – he hails from Roeburne in Western Australia and embraces both traditional and modern artistic mediums. Affectionately known as ‘Little Joey’, Gnarnayarrahe has appeared in film and stage. A man of many talents, he is as competent with guitar as didgeridoo, traditional dance to Elvis impersonator.

• Our MC for the day is Leila Gurruwiwi from the Marngrook Footy Show (ABC TV). A well entrenched member of the alternate Footy Show, she recently has turned her attention to co-producing a new ABC TV series shot in the NT. Leila is around the same age as the Yung Warriors and they represent a new wave of emerging Indigenous performers for whom the sky is the limit.

Wurundjeri elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson, will perform Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies.
Aunty Dot Peters will also speak on the day.
There will also be a range of Indigenous craft stalls and a bush tucker BBQ.

The event is FREE and all welcome.

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