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Yuin Country doco screens Australia Day

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Enjoy an authentic Australia Day experience when the Narooma Kinema screens Yuwinj-Dhari Bulwal – Yuin Country Explored on 26 January.

The free documentary presents some of the important stories surrounding Captain Cook’s arrival in the HMB Endeavour along the NSW south coast and the past and present consequences for local Aboriginal people.

Eurobodalla Council’s arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said the film was the culmination of a year-long project supported by Eurobodalla’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait community.

“2020 marked 250 years since James Cook’s voyage along Australia’s east coast, with particular significance for Eurobodalla,” Ms Carmichael said.

“Stories from the region are mentioned in Cook’s diary entries and they remain embedded in our local Aboriginal culture. Frankly, it’s all fascinating stuff.”

The Yuwinj-Dhari Bulwal – Yuin Country Explored project was a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia and Eurobodalla Council through the Cultural Connections Initiative. The project kick started new Aboriginal arts and cultural activities and pushed forward existing ones.

“For example, the Dhurga word-of-the-week, Black Men Can Cook, painting workshops, and insights into caring for and connecting to Country have run throughout 2020,” Ms Carmichael said.

“The Cultural Connections Initiative is a community outreach program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practitioners, and grassroots cultural work. It is very much about improving our knowledge of our region’s history and culture from a First Nation’s perspective,” she said.

“Originally the project was to conclude with an outdoor exhibition at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, but COVID-19 put a stop to that. With new circumstances, this short documentary featuring local dance, stories and art celebrating the spirit, strength and resilience of the Yuin Nation is a worthy replacement.”

Yuwinj-Dhari Bulwal – Yuin Country Explored screens from 5.45-6.30pm on Tuesday 26 January at the Kinema, 94 Campbell Street Narooma, with a Q&A session afterward. Admission is free but bookings are essential.