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Beautiful words from Wesley Enoch. We couldn't have said it any better:

"Remember.

A special thought to all the brothers and sisters in rehearsal or walking on to a stage tonight all around the world. The loss of one of us has come as such a blow. I know in Sydney we have Moogahlin mob stepping on stage with the Opening night of Rainbow's End by Jane Harrison much love Liza-Mare Syron, Lily Shearer, Fred Copperwaite, Ali Murphy-Oates and the whole team. At Griffin we have the brilliant City of Gold by Birthday Boy Meyne Raoul Wyatt much love to Mathew Cooper, Shari Lee Niliwil Sebbo, Jeremy Ambrum and the team. There's the mob in Brisbane rehearsing for Steven Oliver's new play From Darkness Lisa Maza, Colin Smith, Benjin Maza, Roxanne McDonald, Ebony Maguire, Issac Drandich, and, Rachael Zoa Maza is in Broome working on a new work. The tireless work in Perth of Eva Grace, Kylie Bracknell, Kyle Morrison and the many many others. The beautiful dancers of Bangarra open later this week in Darwin at Darwin Festival, the amazing Ursula Yovich, Kyle Shilling, Tibs Wyles and Caleena, Josh and the whole mob are playing now too. The students of NAISDA and ACPA....the WAAPA Aboriginal Performance course....the next generations all around us. So many shows and artists walking out onto stages across the country.

Please name them and celebrate them tonight.

Our hearts go out to one of our own - we all have the stories, the memories, the naughty bits and the cheeky drinks. The sense of adventure and the hard hard work when we all left our blood and sweat and tonight our tears on every stage we walk on, where we work to share with audiences the power of our culture and our storytelling.

I especially send out much love to those who shared the stage with our dear one from years ago and just last week. Love to Shaka Cook, Elma Kris, Marcus Corowa, Dubs Yunupingu, Stephen Page, Uncle Moogi and many many more who carry the grief of that show and the grief of this great great loss.

We are here for you. No matter how far away you feel, we are all here to support you and love you. Reach out to us if you need us.

To the family and friends of our beloved colleague, our sister of the stage, we will never forget her and all she has done for our country to tell the stories that needed to be told...From Bran Nue Dae to Aliwa, from her beautiful one person show to this epic show in Edinburgh. She will be remembered.

As you walk out on the stages across the country and across the world tonight remember you are never alone - those who have gone before us have walked these paths and shown us the way. Even if they are not there now to guide us in person, their memory is in every footstep. Step out on to the stage with pride and love, celebrate our sister with every dance step, every word, every cheeky smile, every angry shout and every genuine tear. Dedicate it to her. Give her a great show.

Remember."
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As I ( Kankawa Nagarra Knight) walk out on the world stage, as cast in the ( Hugh Jackman's "The man, the music, the show") both from our beautiful Wangkatjungka may our perpetual hills of Purpaja, and Jilajin rise in memory of you my beloved, may your laughter and love for life be always cherished in echoes of love, throughout our plains and Sandhills at the edge of our Gooniyandi and Walmatjarri and Wangkatjungka country. My lil sister, you would not wish me to stop and mourn you right now, I am stepping out at the matinee this Saturday in Melbourne, for you my sweet young sister, ( nyuntukura ngapurlu Kankawa.)

Thank you Wesley. So sad but so much pride and hope in your recognition of all this work happening right now.

Thank you Wesley. I’m heavy of heart knowing my friend and stage colleague has gone to the Dreamtime. We had such fun on Corrugation Road with all the Bardi and Nyul Nyul mob. May all First Nations People walk out proud today and tonight all around the world. You made me laugh girl! I’ve always kept that nickname you gave me β€œMunjing Michael” lolz πŸ˜‚ β™₯️ Love to all her mob 😘

Such a beautiful way to celebrate a beautiful life xx

So beautifully written. Thank you. The Waifs Currently touring In the Usa. Xx Our beloved girl. Xx

It’s been the saddest day. Thanks for sharing these words.

Beautiful 🌹πŸ˜₯

my condolences and celebrations in equal measure for different reasons. love and light to all xx

Such beatiful words x

So sad. A wonderful talent. β€οΈπŸ’–

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Bravo magical lady, you will always fill our hearts with your legacy, Bravo πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Beautiful and yes we will remember x

Beautiful!

Beautiful words πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

The most perfect tribute

Beautiful!

I am crying now, as I remember her.

Beautiful words ❀

Beautiful words πŸ˜“β€οΈ

Hugh loss to the Kimberley's and Australia, condolences to family and friends in this sad time.

Beautiful wordsπŸ–€πŸ’›β€οΈ

Beautiful πŸ’–

Thank you so much! I was her tour manager for her one woman show in the 90’s. She taught me so much. I learnt about bush tucker and to honours the elders and ate echidna. So much and such a rich experience that I will always treasure. A true friend always.

Wesley . Thank you so much . My heart feels like a big ol heavy stone . To all My friends walking on stage tonight . Walk tall and shout it out . ❀️

πŸ˜’πŸ’–

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Standing tall with Indigenous people from around the world on the United Nations' International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples!

Images:
1: Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic, 2019
2: Preview of Ice Land: A Hip h’Opera at our 2019 Season Launch, 2018
3: Yirra Yaakin 25th Anniversary Celebration, 2018
4: Junior Sonneteers NAIDOC Week Presentation, 2019
πŸ“Έ: Dana Weeks Photography
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Congratulations.

25 years eh. Wow. Amazing.

amazingggggg *tearsss !!!! love you yirra

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We loved performing 'Djinda Kaatijin', our young peoples show about the stars, at the School of Isolated and Distance Education for NAIDOC Week! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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If you have not seen the show yet, we will be performing at the State Library of Western Australia on Saturday as part of Propel Youth Arts WA's Moonboorli (Beyond) program!

My family watched this show during NAIDOC week at Prendiville Catholic College, it was awesome, we all loved it, very entertaining and educational.

Our Kids went to watch this performance on Saturday and we were pleasantly surprised. The kids laughed (And so did we tbh) and the little messages that were in the stories was definitely something our kids will continue through our Youth Group. Thank you for a great time. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

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