Celebrating Power and Diversity
BARRING YANABUL – We All Walk the Path was massive! Thirty-eight First Nations Peoples’ events throughout Melbourne city in just one day. Beautiful Blak people and their art, craft, theatre, music, dance and storytelling showed us a diverse range of emotion, and told a diverse range of stories.
The politics of historical denial was explored through handwritten script on the steps of parliament and was the focus again later for Jack Sheppard’s Wild Australia Tour troupe who, shackled and white bodied, walked up Swanston Street lamenting the real-life experience of his ancestor. Solidarity – We all Walk the Path to truth.
The politics of identity was explored in Crackers and Dip with Chase, which invited us to sit in the Guildford Lane set of a young Frankston girl’s home and help reconnect her with lost culture; identity was again the focus for Blak Drag Dream Time Story Telling, an intersection of past and present. Here the likes of Davey Thompson, Thomas Bevan and Miss Ellaneous charmed and disarmed us with respect, grace and wry humour. Solidarity – We All Walk the path to understanding.
There was too much to see in one day. The curated self-guided journeys were helpful for a place to start. Seeing people studying their unfolded maps encouraged conversations about what was next and where – and added a tourist element to the experience.
And like tourists in a foreign country, people who took the tour saw, heard and experienced what for most is a foreign way of seeing, hearing, acting – the modern, diverse, intelligent, and not to be underestimated Blak point of view. This was a powerful day of pride, strength, and beauty. I only wish it went over the entire weekend so I didn’t have to miss anything.