Welcome return for the Rainbow Serpent

THE Rainbow Serpent will be slithering its way through Bellingen next week.

On the eve of the Global Carnival, the Aboriginal Wanampi Serpent (Rainbow Serpent) will visit Bellingen Council Park next week to be officially welcomed by Mayor Mark Troy.

This year the Uncles, Aunties and children of the Gumbaynggirr community will be joined by senior Anangu custodians, who will lead a performance of the Wanampi Inma (Rainbow Serpent) Dance, at Global Carnival.

Elder Uncle Larry Kelly said bringing the serpent to the Global Carnival was a way for people to understand Aboriginal culture.

“This dance is a reconciliation dance, it's about breaking barriers,” Uncle Larry said.

“The dance has been lost for many years and now we want to bring it back.”

The Wanampi Inma is a rain dance, a dance for country and also the only dance where both black and white men and women work together to develop and perform it.

The Rainbow Serpent will travel through the streets of Bellingen before an official ceremony at Bellingen Council Park at 2pm on Friday, October 3.

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