This month is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The theme Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Celebrating a cultural story in song
For NAIDOC Week 2020 Newcastle Art Gallery proudly presents local Torres Strait Islander artist Toby Cedar performing his original song Wai Kara Ebur.
Growing up on mainland Australia, Cedar was taught traditional stories through song and dance. Cedar is heavily influenced by his Torres Strait Islander culture, his totems, and particularly his father’s stories about his youth on the islands, hunting, fishing, gardening, dance and family life.
Cedar’s contemporary totemic headdresses (pictured in this video) are worn by male dancers who make them come alive with music and dance to tell stories about the land, lives and traditions of the Torres Strait.
See Toby Cedar’s works on display at Newcastle Art Gallery in 2021 in WARWAR: The Art of Torres Strait.
Available to view on our website and Facebook page during NAIDOC Week.