Survival Day

Australia Day is a national holiday that is marked every year in recognition of the European founding of the nation. On January 26, 2009, Indigenous Australians celebrated what they know as ‘Survival Day,’ a day that honors the survival of the First AustraliansAboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders — the true owners and inhabitants of the land. Here are pictures from the wonderful ‘Share the Spirit’ festival held in Melbourne which featured lots of music, dance and an afternoon of pure cultural beauty.

At the bottom is the music video of Archie Roach’s ‘Took the Children Away.’ I truly wish I had the live version of the song he performed at the festival, his voice is amazing. The song tells one of black Australia’s darkest stories, an emotional one but one of true survival. The second video, ‘A Child was Born Here,’ is another one of Archie’s beautiful songs.

The Awesome Indigenous Boy's Group

The Awesome Indigenous Boy's Group

African and Indigenous Group Dance

African and Indigenous Group Dance

More Dancing

More Dancing

Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter perform. They were amazing.

Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter perform. They were amazing.

‘Took the Children Away’

‘A Child was Born Here’

 

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~ by misswretched on January 27, 2009.

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