Dave Whitelaw

Dave Whitelaw
Manager

06.06.2019

Karijini Experience - a showcase event

I was honoured to spend 2019 Easter working in one of Australia’s most spectacular and culturally significant areas with the Banjima People.

The Karijini Experience is an annual showcase event in WA’s Pilbara region that brings together different communities to celebrate the diversity of landscapes, people and to learn about the Banjima culture. Conservation Management’s ongoing relationship with Banjima meant I was tasked with coordinating Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporations principal sponsorship activities including the ceremonial welcome to country performances, bush foods, public presentations and business networking. WA Government Ministers were met and engaged with senior elders and BNTAC staff, on the importance of Banjima’s ranger program and BNTAC’s continued investment to looking after country.

This year’s event highlight was the much-improved public ceremonial performances by Banjima singers and dancers. Conservation Management’s associate, Ross Kermode, was instrumental in helping the community to prepare and rehearse for this major event. Ross’s positive impact, ongoing community relations and high-level organisational skills has meant that he’s now been asked by the community, with BNTAC support, to assist with more similar welcome to country events this year.

Sorting out the details
Photographer: Camilo Mejia

Banjima Elder, Maitland Parker, and Dave Whitelaw taking a moment to reflect
Photographer: Camilo Mejia

Welcoming visitors and community
Photographer: Camilo Mejia

Preparation of native food
Photographer: Camilo Mejia

Evening corroboree, a tremendous experience for all who attended
Photographer: Camilo Mejia

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