Hello again from Mat, Maisie and me (Freya). For more information on who we are check out our previous blog post here. For the second week of the school holidays we headed to Warralong. Situated between Port Headland and Marble Bar, Warralong has a population of about 200 people according […]
Jigalong is a community with great historical significance. Now home to about 400 people, it is where a lot of Mardu eventually settled after leaving the desert in the 1900’s. Once quite remote, it is now only 150 kilometres from the mining town of Newman. We were here in Jigalong […]
Wangkatjungka remote community is the home to a large number of talented musicians – a community of approx 150 people has three bands and a handful of solo artists! For this Desert Feet Tour the community came together, inspired by community leader, elder, musician and Honorary Life Member of Desert […]
It’s been a while coming…things have been pretty hectic in Desert Feet land! Here’s the wrap … The town of Newman, Western Australia is the administrative centre of Australia’s largest Local Council – Shire of East Pilbara, and home to lots of people of Nyiyapali, Martu and other language groups […]
The Desert Feet team have arrived in Wangkatjungka and already there is a huge amount of enthusiasm and some great musicians ready to teach other community members musical skills. The guys from the Springside Reggae Band are here, as is Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight), ready to spread some good music […]
We think this is a first – Wangkatjungka Community will create their own music-based program to improve mental health in the community – their way, their language, their ideas. Desert Feet have partnered with Murdoch University researcher Dr Petra Skeffington to help guide and evaluate the outcomes. It starts next week!
Week 1 of the June 2017 Desert Feet Tour… We had two missions: run a program at the two primary schools in Newman, and inspire and engage young folks at the East Pilbara Youth Centre after school. Schools Program The brief – blend musical inspiration with some education, add liberal doses […]
Last year some time, Pip, the Community Development Manager at East Pilbara Shire, and his side-kick chased me down as I was driving the Desert Feet Troopy through Nullagine, on the way home from a Desert Feet Tour. They saw the Troopy, busted a U-ey and flagged me down. It’s […]
Our Shire of East Pilbara contact, Pip, had suggested that we let the schools know we were coming to Newman. Maybe they’d be interested in some music/language/culture workshops during NAIDOC week, he said. He’s organised us to be here in Newman for NAIDOC week, culminating in a community concert on […]
The June 2017 Desert Feet Tour is underway, we’ve left Perth, driven for two days, and now rest our weary heads for 8 hours before running 6 workshops in 5 classes at two schools and the Newman Youth Centre tomorrow. What?