Celebrated singer Archie Roach, during his spellbinding performance at Southern Cross University as part of NAIDOC Week. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Celebrated singer Archie Roach, during his spellbinding performance at Southern Cross University as part of NAIDOC Week. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Archie’s deadly performance

A HUGE series of NAIDOC Week events was topped off with a performance by music legend Archie Roach at Southern Cross University on Wednesday.

Organiser Troy Robinson of the SCU indigenous events co-ordination committee was thrilled to see a big crowd join the celebration of ancient culture with bush tucker-inspired lunch, a remembrance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and a long list of musicians.

A highlight for many was a rendition of the national anthem in Gumbaynggirr language by Tyson Ferguson.

"In a sense it's like a corroboree bringing together so many people. It builds bridges in our community and surrounding communities," Troy said.

"It's great to get so many community members, staff and students from TAFE and the university down here to celebrate indigenous culture in the first week back."

Archie had the hundreds gathered entranced before he sang a note with his recollections of growing up on a Victorian riverbank before being taken from his family and his eventual re-connect-ion with his culture.

"Our stories and traditions are as old as this country, this Earth," Archie said.

"This is a great time for us to celebrate, as indigenous people of this country, our culture, our identity and share with this country what we have to offer and just how deadly we are."



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