Informal and formal Aboriginal and Aboriginal dance networks have been activated by YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA’s director, Bruce Shillingsworth Snr., who has a long history of working as a dancer, cultural educator and organiser across NSW. Bruce is a Murawari – Budgiti man from northwestern NSW, now residing in Waterloo, Sydney.
Each dance group will perform in each township at the corroboree that will begin at dusk.
Local dance groups:
Betina Bysouth (Menindee / Bendigo – 5 adults / 8 children)
Barkindji (Wilcannia – 9 dancers)
Budjiti (Enngonia – 6 dancers)
Kamilaroi (Walgett – 5 dancers)
Mungundi (Moree – 1 boys and 1 girls group)
Ngemba (Brewarrina – 6 dancers)
Wankamurra (Bourke – 25 dancers)
A unique feature of the program is the way in which Aboriginal dance groups from all around Australia are spontaneously seeking involvement in this event. This represents an assertion of the importance of Aboriginal ceremony in a coming together for cultural exchange, collaboration and spiritual reinvigoration that presents one cultural response needed for the river and the people depending on it.
Garul Giyalu Rock Mob (Katoomba – 15 dancers)
Yama Guroo (Sydney)
Koomurri (Sydney – 5 dancers)
Tal-Kin-Jeri (Adelaide, SA – 8 dancers)
Mujamundu (Quilpie, Qld – 2 adults / 4 children)
Group (Darwin, NT – 7 dancers)