More than 1200 activists, professionals, community representatives, elders, herders, academics and students from 55 countries got together in Darwin, part of Larrakia Country, to exchange, explore and embed their concern about the cultural erosion of knowledge of elders and about how to tap the curiosity of young people to preserve and persist with what should not get lost.
A ceremonial welcome by the elders and two minutes silence in memory of those elders who passed away struggling for their lands, and waters, fishes and kangaroos triggered the start of the World Indigenous Network Conference WINC2013. After every few interventions by one or the other groups, there were performances by the aboriginal groups and dancers combined the concern for nature with playfulness of human desires, determinations and destiny. The groups conveyed through their tapping of the dance floor, their gestures of benevolence and their invocation of spirits that the Conference was achieving a unique communion of cultures, creativity and compassion.
I happened to be the only one to deliver a long talk, had a duty if I may say so, to generate hope, faith and a promise that the future can be tamed and time can unfold the potential of creativity and innovation at grassroots.
The conference continues until 31st May and can be followed live on twitter.
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