Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Warmun Aboriginal Community Celebrates with the Cross.

Today we drove from the Billiluna Community to the Warmun Community. This again took most of the day and included a stretch on the Tanami Track and the Canning Stock Route.

When we arrived at the Warmun Community we were greeted by a very colourful and excited group. The adults and children had had their faces painted with white paint to mark the importance of this special celebration. The children had also prepared black, yellow and red streamers and waved them enthusiastically. After the Welcome to Country, smoking and blessing from the Elders, we heard a song from a local, called Kija Land. The children all joined in too.
We processed the Cross to a tree in the school grounds where Aboriginal people were once chained and whipped before being removed from their families. We remembered all those who had suffered and prayed for healing for all those who have been maltreated. We continued our procession to the community’s Outdoor Church and had a lovely celebration. The community had a special statue of Mary and Jesus that was made George Mung Mung, a local Artist. This statue is on the first page of Australian Catechism of the Catholic Church.


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