Photos of Barunga Festival, Australia

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Barunga Festival

The community of Barunga, about 80 kilometres on a sealed road east of Katherine, hosts a music, cultural and sport celebration, the Barunga Festival, in June each year. These photos are of the festival as it took place in 2018.

Wadeye Dance Group
 
Song from Numbulwar
 
On the old tractor
 
Traditional weaving
 
Wadeye Dance Group
 
Barunga and Beswick children
 
Barunga and Beswick dance
 
White Cockatoo dance group
 
White Cockatoo group
 
Yuendumu Dance Group
 
Numbulwar dancers
 
Numbulwar dance group
 
Dancers from Mowanjum
 
Dance totemic emblem
 
Wandjina emblem from Mowanjum
 
Totemic emblems from Mowanjum
 
Shields from Mowanjum
 
Traditional dancers from Mowanjum
 
Blekbala Mujik performance
 
Blekbala Mujik band
 
Blekbala Mujik evening performance
 
Spear throwing competition
 
Using the woomera
 
Throwing a spear
 
Spear throwing
 
Wadeye Dancer
 
Aboriginal dancer from Wadeye
 
Barunga and Beswick children
 
White Cockatoo dance group
 
White Cockatoo, marching off
 
Dancer from Yirrkala
 
Yirrkala and Galiwin'ku group
 
Songman and didgeridoo player
 
Yirrkala and Galiwin'ku dance
 
Yirrkala and Galiwin'ku women
 
Arnhem Land women dance group
 

The Barunga Festival celebrates Indigenous community life with a program of workshops, dancing ceremonies, traditional bush tucker gathering, didgeridoo making, basket weaving, spear throwing, musical performances at night and sport: AFL (Australian Football), softball and basketball, with teams from all over the Northern Territory and from as far away as Mowanjum, near Derby, in the north of Western Australia. The festival in 2018 marked 30 years since the “Barunga Statement”, a text calling for Indigenous rights that was presented to the then Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke, when he visited in 1988, as part of the Bicentennial celebrations.

Check out the videos of Barunga Festival, 2018, Barunga Festival in 1995 and Aboriginal bands at the Barunga Festival in 1995.