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Being on Country with Community mob is such a transformative experience. You see the deeply intimate relationship of connecting with Country and the significance of that kinship on many levels. In the past that connection was integral as it meant survival. The knowledge systems that were around back then are still around now, you just need to spend time with Elders, to listen to their knowledge, feel Country and hear what it's telling you. Country is an extended part of our family and when we heal Country, we heal ourselves.

In our NAIDOC Week 2021 video series, we hear the perspectives of our Bangarra dancers and what #HealCountry means to them. In our first video, 2021 Russell Page Graduate’s Maddison Paluch and Daniel Mateo talk about the significance of being on Country. 

In the following video, Bangarra Dancer and Kimberley woman Rika Hamaguchi shares the on Country experience with her mum, Lucille, reconnecting to Community.

Photo: Beau Dean Riley Smith