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Earlier this year our beloved elder, 105 year old Mayinbungu (Ned Cheedy), was awarded the most prestigious NAIDOC prize, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

This week (6 September 2011) Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation and Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) invited people from Roebourne and surrounding towns to Cheeditha Community to celebrate Ned’s honour and to thank him for his enormous contribution to the Yindjibarndi cultural recording and archive projects; and for his leadership and wisdom.

It was a beautiful and very moving evening for some 300 people who attended to share and participate in singing, testimonials, a slide show and traditional dancing.

When The Ground Is Hard, Yindjibarndi Dance.

Also a big thanks to Susan Shirtliff, the board of Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation and the many volunteers who assisted on the day. This event was funded and initiated by NBAC on behalf of Juluwarlu & Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporations.

2 Responses

  1. Susan Chalcroft

    Congratulations Elder Ned Cheedy on your NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award. Whenever I think of the Yindjibarndi I think foremost of you. The community is famous as one of the most tightly knit and successful communities in this country and I know that takes some doing. Many of us have trouble holding a family together, let alone a community. Bright Blessings to you and the community, may you all thrive. Susan

  2. Donnelly Smith

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me, congratulations to Elder Ned Cheedy on your NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award. These pictures make me remember so much of the land, and the beautiful people I met while I was there. Thanks I am glad you continue to send me this – I met the most amazing people at Roebourne and wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I hope to get back some time and see everyone again. Donnelly


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