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Corroboree

By Nic_WA    
Following on from yesterday's "Didgeridoo" upload...we had a Corroboree in our town at the weekend - the first one here for over 100 years. It involved the local Noongar, the Mowanjum people from the north, and most significantly the local Wadjella (white people). The significance of this is being widely recognised as a big step in the reconciliation process between the Indigenous people and Australia's white settlers, and it was a huge privilege to be a part of the occasion.

Here's three young Mowanjum boys, painted up, ready to dance and play their part in the healing process.

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Nic_WA 16 179 2 Australia
29 Mar 2005 3:19AM
Forgot to mention, the colour in their hair is the same rock dust that's used for their body painting.
bigufe 16 173
29 Mar 2005 3:23AM
Great portrait. In particular, beautiful eyes. Wouldn't change a thing.
johnjrp 17 432 5 Australia
29 Mar 2005 4:37AM
Great shot Nic. Lovely face painting. Are the Mowanjum boys originally from your area? click. John
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
29 Mar 2005 4:42AM
Great to see that the reconciliation moves forward

Peter
UserHasLeft 18 654
29 Mar 2005 4:45AM
Hope you keep them coming, Nic, they're great to look at. These three look rather chuffed with themselves Smile
Nic_WA 16 179 2 Australia
29 Mar 2005 4:49AM
Hi John, thanks for your comment. No the Mowanjum people are from the Kimberley. Their Elder is Aboriginal artist Donny Woolagoodja (from my Man pic) who painted the 35m banner which featured (very) largely in the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. Donny's spent the last 6 weeks here in town painting a banner with the community which depicts the Noongar tribe's 6 seasons of the year. The boys were so thrilled to be here.

Thanks Mike, Peter and 'bigufe' for your comments too. Much appreciated.
laurab 18 53 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2005 4:55AM
This is a lovely picture with great colour.

Laura
Aurora 17 3 England
29 Mar 2005 5:27AM
Having just visited your part of the world, and having learned a little of the Aboriginal culture, I can appreciate your feeling on this great occasion. the face painting is lovely.
Barbara
suleesia 17 176 Malaysia
29 Mar 2005 5:48AM
wonderful faces, very well captured. Nice work Nic..
Rgds
Su
p/s the mods by Laura looks good too!
samartini 16 16
29 Mar 2005 5:54AM
Nice vibrant colours but then what else would you expect from the Aborigines. Well captured...
fossilized 17 79 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2005 6:35AM
Great portrait - full of character and interest. I love the way you have caught very different expressions from all three.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
29 Mar 2005 6:46AM
Wow, great shot, love the painted colors, very original, earthy feel! Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
funkeldink 17 1.6k 1 Australia
29 Mar 2005 7:24AM
in my personal opinion ...this is a stunning shot oozing with feeling and love .... the eyes on the boys say so many things ...you have captured the emotion very well and this to me is everything ... this shot deserves huge recognition ... a beautiful piece of work
chrissycj 16 1
29 Mar 2005 10:22PM
Excellent detail and colours.

Christine.
eskimo 17 9
29 Mar 2005 11:30PM
Great shot. I like the way their three individual characters come through.
Phil
steve neil 17 597 Australia
31 Mar 2005 9:36PM
Excellent Smile - did you get painted up? LOL
david deveson 17 62 2 Italy
31 Mar 2005 11:01PM
Lovely Nic, colours, expressions, it's got the lot...
David
Nic_WA 16 179 2 Australia
1 Apr 2005 12:34AM
Thanks for all your comments. Catching up with the Noongar dancers and musicians tonight to show them my photos of the Corroboree.
No Steve, I didn't get painted up...didn't want to get rock dust in my camera!
magda_indigo 18 418 England
1 Apr 2005 5:21PM
SUPERB, INDIGO AWARD, click (*.*)
Ceciliat 16 6 Philippines
1 Apr 2005 5:25PM
Excellent capture!
Lovely childrens,nice posed as well.
Well seen.

Cesie
itinerario 18 42 Netherlands
5 Apr 2005 2:33AM
Marvelous.
5 Apr 2005 3:04AM
Wow, excellent shot! very moving.
Khanh
thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
19 Apr 2005 12:21PM
Hi Nic,These are brilliant shots with great detail.The children have really expressive faces and the face painting is brilliant to see.MAGIC,MARVELLOUS AND MOVING!!!!Take care.AnnSmile
narni 16 1 United Kingdom
2 May 2005 6:59AM
wonderful boys Wink
Atlas 18 621 United Kingdom
7 May 2005 8:39PM
I like the colours in this, and the expressions too ☼☼☼☼☼

Rob
hermin 17 2 Israel
6 Jun 2005 3:53AM
thirty. Smile
Nic_WA 16 179 2 Australia
6 Jun 2005 4:11AM
Thanks Hermin Smile...and thanks everyone else for taking the time to have a look.
Swish... nowt like a native

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