We take a look at the Aboriginal Artistic Development and Performance program and how it celebrates artistic traditional Indigenous cultural performance.

10 May 2018

The Aboriginal Artistic Development and Performance program celebrates artistic cultural performance of traditional Indigenous song, dance and stories, encouraging elders to pass on specific dance and cultural skills to youths through on-country workshops.

Two dance groups are taking part in the program hosting a series of workshops—Karajarri and the Jabirr Jabirr Dancers.

Karajarri are looking to break new ground by focussing on Yatangal (the Spirit Place). The workshops use traditional dance alongside audio-visual projections to create a sense of atmosphere and space. Cultural leaders use this space to teach a group of young men a series of stories, sites, songs and dances in Karajarri language depicting the Yatangal and its life cycle.

Emerging dance group, Jabirr Jabirr Dancers are holding a series of workshops focussed on the Jalingmarr (Pelican), Kutujarra Joor (Two Snakes), Sawfish, and Longoool (Mullet) artistic performances.

Led by senior elders and renowned performers, artists are immersed in a range of art forms used to prepare, participate in and stage artistic performances. They celebrate traditional practices and the importance of language and song in the process, enabling these language groups to maintain a living and dynamic culture.

People from all ages are encouraged to participate in the transfer of cultural knowledge and narratives, told in language and song, enabling them to be shared with the broader community.

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre is delivering the Aboriginal Artistic Development and Performance program which receives funding through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program. 

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program recognises the importance of language and art in maintaining strong and vibrant Indigenous communities and the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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