VIDEO: NAIDOC corroboree livens East St mall

IT'S not every day you see a corroboree in the Rockhampton CBD.

Customers, staff and passers-by were treated to a special performance in the East St mall yesterday morning when the Gurridalla Dancers performed traditional dances during the NAIDOC banner parade down the mall to the Kern Arcade.

As the troupe danced down East St, dressed in traditional indigenous wear, crowds gathered to film, take photographs and cheer the young performers on.

Michael "Booranggai" Young, who formed part of the troupe, said it was a fantastic opportunity to share the indigenous culture with the community.

DANCE CULTURE: Michael “Booranggai” Young and fellow Gurridalla Dancers perform during the NAIDOC banner parade down East Street to the Kern Arcade.
DANCE CULTURE: Michael “Booranggai” Young and fellow Gurridalla Dancers perform during the NAIDOC banner parade down East Street to the Kern Arcade. Chris Ison Rokcbanner

"NAIDOC Week is about getting out and doing things we don't always have the opportunity to do," the 11-year-old said.

"It's really important to me. The dancing is a way to tell stories.

"Today we did the welcome dance, the goanna dance and the kangaroo dance. We all play different characters like hunters, animals and the magic man."

NAIDOC event organiser Kristina Hatfield said the banner parade was just one of a huge calendar of events planned for NAIDOC Week 2015.

"We have a huge calendar this year. It started yesterday here in the Kern Arcade shop," Ms Hatfield said.

She said today they had golf, touch football, Oztag, baby shows and many other things for people to do.

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