Arising from a Sorry Day gathering held in 2016 that was organised by Trish and Cathie the NAIDOC Week celebration at Open Sanctuary this year was a significant moment for all.
Thank you to Cathie, Trish and Stuart for your initiative and work towards the wonderful day on Saturday at Tilba in collaboration with Gulaga Board of Management with Iris White, Cheryl Davison, Lynette, Barry and others who made it all happen. It was certainly a powerfully moving time spent together.
It was a privilege and delight to share stories at Open Sanctuary. Cheryl, known as a gifted artist is also a true story teller. She shared with us some of the Creation story of the Yuin people. Iris and Cheryl both shared family stories and we all agreed that friendship grows when we simply gather around to yarn. As the song that we listened to says, “From Little Things Big Things Grow”. Another song of Archie Roach’s that we heard says “It’s not too Late”. It’s certainly not too late to grow our friendship between the traditional custodians of the land and those of us who are blessed to share that country and hopefully care for it.
We also shared some of the words of Miriam- Rose Ungemerr on Dadirri; what she describes as “like our ‘contemplation’.” Miriam Rose suggests that this is the gift (of her people) for which Australia is thirsting. It seems we may now be preparing to receive many gifts from our Aboriginal sisters and brothers whose generosity in light of history is astonishing.
Finally, we broke and shared bread. We are one body when we share in this way.
Again, thanks to all for bringing together and being present at this special NAIDOC gathering. It felt like hallowed time. I hope and pray that friendships begun will grow and deepen over time. May we live towards that...
Walawaani and love to all.