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.