Woolkoom Cultural day a big hit
THE indigenous dance and culinary feast at the Blue Water Sports Club in Burnett Heads on Saturday was such a success, organisers are planning a repeat every three months.
The Woolkoom Cultural Day brought together elders from the Gooreng Gooreng people and children to share the culture.
“I think it’s very important that we had a lot of children there,” Gooreng Gooreng elder Merv Johnson said.
“It brings the younger and older people together and it is very good to be able to pass our culture down and teach people about it.”
Mr Johnson said all of the people who attended were positive about the afternoon, creating a family feel.
“The main thing was that we were able to get together and share and reminisce and talk about all the good times,” he said.
As well as traditional dance, the elders on occasion spoke in their traditional language and were able to share songs and stories from the past to a group of spellbound youngsters.
Food was cooked traditionally using a kupmurri, an underground oven.
“It was all very good — the meat and vegetables were cooked perfectly and were very tasty,” Mr Johnson said.
Organiser Anthony Parry said as well as the kupmurri, the kangaroo curry had also been popular with several people going back for a second helping.
Mr Parry said about 120 people attended the cultural day.
“Next time we’ll be hoping to get even bigger because the cultural display on offer was really uplifting and it was good to watch the elders and the children interact,” he said.
“We want to make it every three months because we know that with a lot of things on this weekend it made it difficult for some people to get to it.”
The Woolkoom Cultural Day was organised by the Bundaberg Celtics Basketball Association and the Gooreng Gooreng Dancers.