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Nation Dance 2019 – Melbourne

Alwyn Doolan organised a mass movement over the weekend that saw around 100 nations all dance on country at the same time.

An online movement has become one of the largest coordinated expressions of culture as hundreds of Indigenous people across the nation danced on their Countries as one in a sign of solidarity.

The ‘Nation Dance’ movement called on all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations to simultaneously share live videos of their ancestral dances with the world-wide web on Sunday.  

Coordinated by Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka man Alwyn Doolan – who walked from Cape York in Queensland to Parliament House in Canberra, with the intention to empower First Nations People – the event was all about “uplifting community”.

“[The movement] is about uplifting our songlines, our rivers, our creations, our creators, our trauma, especially with the tragedy that is happening with all the bushfires down in New South Wales even up the coast in Queensland as well,” he said in a Facebook video prior to the event.

“[Let’s] all dance at one time on this great continent we call our land.”

The message was heard far and wide with over 100 nations known to have taken part in the movement.

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