Dreamtime at the G 2010 - 2013

Dreamtime at the G 2010 - 2013
Dreamtime at the G 2010 - 2013
Dreamtime at the G 2010 - 2013

Dreamtime at the G

First held in 2005, D@G was created to celebrate the huge contribution of Indigenous players to the game of Aussie Rules, and the games’ Indigenous origins in Marngrook.

Margie Mackay was artistic director of the pre-match ceremonies from 2010 - 2013 (inclusive).

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Dreamtime at the G is now an annual event and over the years interest in the Indigenous Round of the AFL calendar has grown hugely. Along with interest in the game, there has been a growth of energy around the pre-match ceremony. This event has evolved to now include communities from across Victoria and interstate, from the desert land to the sunshine coast.

In 2013, the theme for the pre-match ceremony explores the idea of ‘Identity’. Here we have ancient culture and ancestral roots combining with present day expressions and future directions; the environment and all our children are an important part of this vision.

We come together, as one, to celebrate heritage and survival, living culture and our contemporary Indigenous talent, as we honour some of the heroes who have paved the way forwards. Heroes like former Saints star, Nicky Winmar, who 20 years ago raised his shirt to point to his chest in defiance of racial taunts, and Essendon legend Michael Long, not only a star player with many awards and honours under his belt, but a man of conviction who walked from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004 – the height of the Howards years – to protest the inequity for Indigenous peoples.

This ceremony was a special one. A ngargee was performed to the sound of drumming on possum skins, just as it might have been done for scores of thousands of years. Fires were lit to honour ancestors past and present – and to mark the special gathering of the Elders of the 5 clans of the Kulin Nations, coming together in ceremony for the first time in living memory.

Those performing included the 5 Elders of the Kulin Nations, Archie Roach, Christine Anu and Neil Murray, Street Warriors, Skin Choir, Idja Dancers, Songlines Dancers, Wannick Dance Academies, Ninja Circus, Whittlesea Koorie Choir, The Ltyentye Apurte Drummers and in a 14 minute celebrational ceremonial event.

Dreamtime at the G 2012

Dreamtime at the G 2012.mov from margie mackay on Vimeo.


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