Aunty Faye Lynam, Yorta Yorta Elder, came with her family bringing gifts of story, dance, music and food to help us celebrate our first ever NAIDOC Week at Cobram District Health. About 70 staff, residents, friends and visitors sat spell-bound as Aunty Faye traced the journey of her life from her early years growing up on the banks of the Murray River, near Tocumwal, to her forced removal from family and her long journey back as an adult to find her father again.
After this we were treated to the first ever performance by her grand-children to whom she has been teaching traditional dance. Strathmerton artist and didgeridoo player Greg Robinson played as Jaella, Paiton and Ethan showed us their kangaroo, emu and other dances that they have been learning. Then we finished with a BBQ and shared Johnny cakes, a sort of flat bread damper cooked over the coals. What a feast! Thank-you Aunty Faye.