NAIDOC celebrations at the Ration Shed Museum on the 7th of July were the best yet. We were set on exploring the NAIDOC theme for 2015 – “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate” Hundreds came from Cherbourg, the South Burnett, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to acknowledge Sacred Ground and celebrate NAIDOC.
Sandra Morgan welcomed everyone and declared; “the ground everyone is standing on, contains the story of our Elders – it is a keeping place for future generations.” She thanked the community for respecting and protecting the Ration Shed Museum and said she hoped people would continue to do so.
Neil Murray (previously a member of the Warumpi Band.) was booked to play a set. Neil sang some old Warumpi favourites, including “My Island Home”. He was accompanied by Cherbourg’s own “Muddy Flats” band. We also had some deadly Torres Strait Dancers – “Keriba Kodo”, as well as a group of junior Cherbourg Barambah Dancers, led by Tyronne Murray.
There were many other wonderful events and activities like; Dreamtime Reptiles. They brought along snakes, a baby crocodile and a goanna for people to touch. Aunty Sarah – ran weaving workshops and Venus and Vincent ran painting workshops. There was a variety of food to choose from – bush tucker, camp oven cooking a BBQ and other delicious goodies. We had over 30 stallholders exhibiting various services and goods.
The fashion show, featuring Cherbourg girls modelling clothes designed and made by Salma Bowie from Kira-Beth Fashion was a hit and so were the Kingaroy Sista Girl dance troupe.
The Ration Shed Museum would like to acknowledge and thank the funders who helped make this NAIDOC celebration possible.
- The Aboriginal Community Interest Consultative Committee (ACICC)
- The Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet – Cultural & Capability program
- Barada Barna
- Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Department of Communities
- Kathy Duff
Thanks to our management team, workers and volunteers, without this assistance and support this wonderful event would not have been possible.