WE ARE ALL FRIENDS NOW - Racism & Reconciliation in Oz - Spirit of the Gija





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Published on Dec 22, 2010

"I dont want to talk badly about white people - we are all friends now" says Dirrmingali also known as Peggy Patrick, Senior Law Woman, The Gija people, East Kimberley Western Australia - at the opening of Roger Foley-Fogg's exhibition of photographs "Spirit of the Gija" in Kununurra Library.

WARNING: This trailer includes some names and pictures of persons who are deceased.

The purpose of this Trailer is to spread the word of forgiveness and reconciliation in Black - White Oz relations shown by the magnificent and generous spirit of the Gija people.

It was specifically made to show our Indian friends at the Racism and Reconciliation Oz/India exhibition in Art Konsult Gallery. Hauz Khas Village Delhi. Opening Jan 28th 2011.

To show that civilized Australia has moved on from its racist past.

That all countries have some folk who can only follow ancient animal territorial instincts but that wisdom compassion and education, which makes us civilized, can heal those wounds and as Peggy says make us "all friends now"

All Roger's work since the 60s has been inspired by Indian culture and the Hindu concept "Vasudev Kutumbakam" - The world as One.

This trailer was edited and subtitled by Francesca Emerson from Peggy's original Kriol with translation / transliteration by Frances Kofod. Camera: Catherine MacArthur.

The video of "Fire Fire Burning Bright" was taken at the Perth International Arts Festival production in 2002 by Roger Foley-Fogg to record the event and his lighting designs for the production.

This excerpt shows the original joonba telling the story of the killing of the bullock..Lead dancer Douggie Macale "Jibilyuwuny" Garrabirrnginy. The murderer is played by the late David Turner Binggayerri in white face paint.

The production was brought to life for a western theatre audience by Tony Oliver, Frances Kofod, Andrish Saint-Clair, Roger Foley-Fogg and many others working under Artistic Director Peggy Patrick and Artist Paddy Bedford

A selection from Roger's over 200 photographs "Spirit of the Gija" have been exhibited in Melbourne, New York, The Blue Mountains and twice in Kununurra..

See the New York Exhibition here: http://www.photoarts.com/journal/roge...

Roger says: "I hope that we can expand this multimedia version of the story to be shown throughout the Kimberley - particularly to the children who are our hope for a civilized future". " I thank Peggy for giving me the moral authority to continue to spread her message."

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