A NAIDOC Week celebration in Angurugu has been dubbed the most significant event for Groote Eylandt since the 2016 One People One Voice Festival.
The July event included fun games, jumping castles, free fun goodies, Bush Medijina workshops, traditional cooking, traditional weaving, barbecue, face painting, minute to win it games, stalls, awards, prizes, women's basketball, men’s AFL, spear throwing, traditional dancers live bands.
The ALC Music Program brought traditional dancers over from Milyakburra as well as flew band members back into Groote which resulted in some brilliant beats and music all day. NAIDOC Awards were also presented to exceptional role models.
Winners were: Female Elder of the Year - Mildred Mamarika; Female Elder Honourable Acknowledgement Award - Judy Lalara; Honourable Mention - Gayangwa Lalara and Serena Bara; Male Elder of the Year - Matty McKenzie; Male Elder Honourable Acknowledgement Award - Sammuel Lalara; Honourable Mention: Jabani Lalara, Shaun Wurramara and Jason Yantarrnga; Junior Female Leader of the Year - Desley Amagula; Junior Male Leader of the Year - Jonah Dhamarrandji; Honourable Mention: Brayden Mamarika and Riley Campbell; Youth of the Year - Travis Kennell; Artist of the Year - Anabelle Amagula; Sportswoman of the Year - Adriana Mamarika; Honourable Mention: Shianne Amagula, Helen Murrungun and Tina Busbridge; Sportsman of the Year - Nelson Wurramara; Honourable Mention: Darryl Hastings; Caring for Country Awards - Phillip Mamarika and Jennifer Yantarrnga.
Event organiser Jasmin Ford said it was an honour to “work with so many amazing stakeholders and community members on the day”.
SIGNIFICANT: The ALC Music Program brought traditional dancers from Milyakburra as well as flew band members back into Groote which resulted in some brilliant beats and music all day. Photo: Jasmin Ford