Adelaide’s First Official Mabo Day Celebration

Posted on: Mon 5 Jun 2017

Those formal rooms at the Adelaide Town Hall felt the vibrations and excitement not only of the performers but all in attendance last Friday at the first ever official celebration of Mabo Day in Adelaide. Torres Strait Islanders included Eddie Koiki Mabo’s nephew Eddie Peters and Eddie Mabo’s grandson Smilar Sinak who flew in from Queensland for the occasion.

With Sam Nona & Deon Hastie on warup and lamut (traditional Torres Strait Islander drums), the group performed a traditional chant and dance called Tamila.

Following this performance, Smilar Simak spoke to Nunga Wangga about the importance of the ground breaking Mabo Decision in Australia’s history. He encourages us all to celebrate Mabo Day.
Many of Adelaide’s Torres Strait Islander community attended the event including Aunty Dot Barlow whose emotions were obvious.
Also in attendance was Nicole Gollan who is Adelaide City Council’s Reconciliation Project Officer. 

Produced by Christine Brown

Nunga Wangga

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