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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.