A celebration of Indigenous dance and culture will be held at Orange Showground on Saturday 19 June when the Dyiramaalang Dance Group hosts the Orange Corroboree.
The Corroboree will be held from 1pm to 3.30pm, supported by Orange City Council and the Orange Aboriginal Lands Council, and all members of the community are welcome to attend.
The all-female Dyiraamalang (Wiradjuri for ‘leader’) Dance Group is made up of students from Orange High School, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, James Sheahan Catholic High School and Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School, who range in age from 11 to 18 years.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the main feature of the Orange Corroboree would be a gathering of Traditional Dancers, sharing dance, song and stories with all of community.
“There will be dance groups from Orange, the Blue Mountains, Cowra and Condobolin attending,” Cr Kidd said.
“The event will also showcase local Indigenous artists with painting, boomerang and jewellery making, as well as poetry, astronomy and storytelling.
“Talara Croker of Orange will hold a workshop demonstrating traditional weaving techniques and Shane Riley of Dubbo will run Wiradjuri language workshops.
“Greg Ingram of Central Tablelands Local Land Services will have Aboriginal artefacts on display and Gerald Power will be there with his Bush Tucka.
“I encourage everyone to come along and participate in this wonderful celebration of Indigenous culture.”
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee is excited the region will have a unique opportunity to celebrate and experience First Nations culture.
“It is wonderful to see dance groups from across the Central West gather for this community-first Corroboree in Orange, on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Nation,” Mr Gee said.
“It is important to acknowledge and celebrate the ongoing connection of First Nations people to country, and I encourage our community to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions which are so important to stories of the Central West,” said Mr Gee.
The Corroboree is being held with funding to the Orange Aboriginal Lands Council from Round Three of the Western NSW Primary Health Network’s Community Wellbeing Grants, under the Australian Government’s Empowering our Communities Program.
The grants offer support for Aboriginal communities affected by the drought, by funding projects that focus on wellbeing in a bid to improve mental health and community resilience.