Building connections to self, country and culture even through a global pandemic

Two culturally strong Aboriginal women reach out to promote and support the benefits of connection to self, culture and country

Building connections to self, country and culture even through a global pandemic

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 5 October 2020
      CMR - 044 - Walah Connections

 

Click on the play button above to listen to the full interview with Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett

Click here to read/download the full interview transcript

 

Overview

As we look beyond, yet continue along the journey of Coronavirus lockdowns across Melbourne, connection to self, culture and country are for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders crucial to wellbeing.

From Wala Connections, Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett spoke to Connection Matters Radio (CMR) about ongoing programs that support and promote connection to self, culture and country for people right across the world.

“Wala Connections is an opportunity for us to connect to culture, be able to express ourselves as well as empower ourselves and other women and young people,” Thara told CMR.

“We started it just because we love dancing; and we love our culture.

“Given our backgrounds in education, naturally [we] began doing workshops to get people moving… And since then it’s been evolving into mentoring programs and different dance workshops, which we’re now doing online.”

In commenting on program access to non-First Nations people, Nartarsha said: “it’s time we get to share that [culture] and everybody else to embrace this country we’re in – our culture – because it has so much to offer. So it’s here for everybody.”

 

Key points discussed during this interview include:

  • Taking the Wala Dance program on-line and around the world
  • The importance of connection to self, culture and country
  • One-to-one mentoring for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women

 

For more information

For more information about Wala Connections and its programs:

Click here to visit the Wala Connections website

Click here to visit the Wala Connections Facebook page

Click here to visit Wala Connections on Instagram

Email Wala Connections by email to: bookings@walaconnections.

 

Click here to read/download the full interview transcript

Click on the play button below to listen to the full interview with Thara Brown and Nartarsha Bamblett

 

      CMR - 044 - Walah Connections

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