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Hundreds of Rockhampton and CQ people join NAIDOC march

OPENING SPEECH: Wade Mann delivers the NAIDOC welcome to country.
OPENING SPEECH: Wade Mann delivers the NAIDOC welcome to country. Rokcnaidoc

AS around 1000 of his fellow Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island comrades made their way across the sacred ground from the Rockhampton Regional Council chambers to the Rockhampton Cricket Ground, Jordan Young gave them a beat to march to.

Producing sounds of native Australian animals reminiscent of indigenous Australian culture, the 16-year-old Rockhampton didgeridoo player led the annual NAIDOC week march across town yesterday morning.

 

Dressed head to toe in traditional indigenous wear and practicing his acoustic skills before the procession, Mr Young was of mixed emotions.

"I feel very proud to be playing in the NAIDOC march today but anxious at the same time," he said.

"NAIDOC week really means a lot to me.

"It's really good to see everyone come together for one day, I'm having a good catch up and yarn."

Despite only picking up the didgeridoo for the first time earlier this year, Mr Young said he quickly mastered the skill.

"I just started playing this year and basically taught myself in my spare time at school," he said.

"I had a bit of experience and kind of knew what to do, but hadn't ever put it into action.

"A few of my family members play the didgeridoo; my uncle taught me the basics and then I made it my own.

"Playing the didgeridoo involves a lot of circular breathing and trying to imitate animal noises. "I'd practice at least an hour each day until I got into the rhythm of things. I've been playing for about five months."

When the procession reached the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds, the annual NAIDOC expo got underway.

NAIDOC Events

Today

 9am: NAIDOC community Oztag carnival at Saleyards Rockhampton

Tuesday

  10.30am: NAIDOC Mass at Holy Family Church, Feez St, Rockhampton.



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