Whatever you might call the simultaneous celebration and commemoration of a war of invasion for which we take a holiday today – whether you call it Australia Day, Invasion Day or Survival Day – one thing is certain … and that is that the jingoism of decades past has lessened, and there are equal parts pride in the achievements of the Australian nation and shame in acknowledging the harm done – and still being done – to our First Australians.
Sydney School of Arts & Humanities, located in the midst of The Rocks at Millers Point, acknowledges the Gadigal (Darug and Eora language) people’s original and continuing connection with the land on which our school stands. And we are extremely grateful for the indigenous smoking ceremony carried out this morning stretching from Barangaroo to the Opera House, a healing gift for all who live, work or visit the area.
Dancers from the ceremony were kind enough to allow us to photograph them – as a reminder of this generous healing ritual. A reminder too of the Millers Point mob.
Photo credits and copyright Christine Williams.