Last Friday I spoke to doctors at the Cairns Base hospital about how important early life experience is for the long-term health of Indigenous Australians. What a privilege it was then to attend the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair the next day and view a dance performance by the Kawandji-Wimpa dancers. The Kawandji-Wimpa dancers are from Lockart River in North-Queensland and their troupe consisted of performers spanning the generations. The youngest performers were pre-school aged, and the eldest was the gentleman pictured in the second photo. Prior to the performance the audience was told that these dancers belong to families that were forcibly removed from their land by settlers seeking gold in the 1800s. Through dance these displaced people are reconnecting with their cultural heritage.
This post is part of Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday.© Copyright 2012 Danielle, All rights Reserved. Written For: Bubs on the Move