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Spirituality for Aboriginal people is a deep connection with the land, a feeling of oneness and of belonging. Aboriginal people believe that the land owns the Aboriginal people and they express their knowledge of and connectedness with the land in sacred stories and through dance.
The Dupang Tal-Kin-Jeri Festival (meaning place of the bush turkey in Ngarrindjeri), to be held on Ngarrindjeri land at Long Point near Meningie (20 minutes from township), is a camping festival providing an immersive cultural experience for all those interested in Aboriginal culture.
Photo: Dupang Festival
The festival brings together local, interstate and international Indigenous dancers for performances and workshops in a spectacular location right on the Coorong.
Gates will open 12 noon on Friday 23 February 2018 enabling all visitors to set up camp and get settled for this immersive 3 days of Aboriginal culture and dance. At 6 pm, a Smoking Ceremony will take place followed by the Welcome Ceremony.
Saturday begins with movement and meditation led by Jamie Marloo Thomas. There will be dance, weaving and wood carving workshops, a bush tucker tour at Bonny Reserve, cockle hunting, fishing and kayaking and boomerang and spear throwing. Throw off all inhibitions and take part in the Shaky Leg Dance Competition and then join in the corroboree.
Sunday will again commence with movement and meditation, then it will be time to join in the healing circle, workshops and tours before the closing ceremony at 12 noon.
Throughout the festival, there will be performances by Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group, Wayapa Wuurrk Dancers,the Adjahdura Narungga Dancers, Nuungus Puukilarna Marni, Manta Nganampa Dancers, The River Boys, River Warriors and Koondoom Yarkeen.
A festival highlight will be the telling of the story of the creation of the Milky Way, where guests will be invited to lay back under the stars as Uncle Moogy explains the origins of the constellations.
Camping will be available on site in designated areas. Portable showers and toilets will be available and large shade structures will be set up. Food and drinks will be available to purchase with meals available during designated meal times in the program. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drink however gas fires only are allowed as fire bans are in place throughout February. Vegetarian, vegan, fish and meat meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner are available from $7 each. Gluten free and nut free options are available.
Photo: Tal-Kin-Jeri Inc
Children are welcome and are encouraged to participate, however, young children must be supervised while swimming.
Self-drive to the Dupang Festival, just 2 hours south-east of Adelaide or catch the bus from the Franklin Street bus station at 10 am Friday 23 February or 7.30 Saturday 24 February. Buses will return at 11 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday. Cost is $20 return and bookings are essential.