Thursday, 22 May 2008

A Bit blurry and the light was fading, this is a new dance, the tjanpi dance in recognigiton of the importance of weaving as a cottage industry for the ladies.

A Huge couple of weeks.
I am sorry I have not had time to get back on the activites of the Festival Week.

It was a great success and enormous fun from the opening night BBQ and welcoming Seven sisters dance, to the closing dance night. I have a few pictures here from the Festival and will put them in but the Walk started on Monday and is the current focus of the community.

Gerry and Tarn from the Melting Pot in Margaret River WA, get stuck into the ever popular glass jewellery making. We have a wonderful collection of glass beads to add to our spinifex beads, painted gum nut necklaces and earings. Everyone loves this activity, young and old, we all like to make something special for ourselves.

The ladies of the beauty salon ended up with some pretty spectacular hair colorings. The team worked tirelessly for days and the Blackstone ladies were thrilled with the end results.

Our volunteer men from the Landcruiser club got a good start on the verandar for the Tjilpi painting room.

Our Thursday Art Market was the best festival market we have had thus far and here you can see the Warakurna mob busy at work.

Our trusty weavers, always on the job and now weaving wildly in country as they break for lunch or at night to camp during "The Walk".

There are no words to tell of the joy and excitement over the Dance Event, kids, oldies, black and white, everyone joined in with gusto.

Many made camp as the night fell, the fires burned gaily and the dancers danced late into the night.

I will go out on Friday to join the mob on the walk, they have been fired up and are moving at a great rate of knots to their destination.

Friday, 2 May 2008

The Thisbe Artback caravan is gaining

The growing number of vehicles head today from Warakurna to Blackstone, then on to Wingellina for the final leg, before circling the wagons for the Papulankutja Happy Festival।

Celebration dancers at the end of the Walu Walk in 2006.
The children were learning from senior Ngaanyatjarra Lands women.