PHOTOS FROM AUSTRALIA
LITTLE HAWK AUSTRALIAN TOUR
"Cultures In Harmony"
July 24 - September 17, 2006
(Sydney, Darwin, Yolgnu, Melbourne, Brisbane)
GARMA FESTIVAL- August 4-8, 2006
The Garma Festival is an intimate, spectacular celebration of cultural traditions and practices. It takes place annually at Gulkula, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Amhem Land is where the Yolngu (Aboriginal) culture has survived for more than 40,000 years old and is the oldest living culture on earth.
Please Note: All photos by Little Hawk's wife, Beverly.
School children performing for guests at Garma.
Little Hawk admiring Yolgnu art at an Indigenous Museum near Garma. The Yolngu use hollow logs in traditional burial rituals. They are also an important "canvas" for their artwork.
Special permission was given to film at Garma for a documentary that will be released in early 2015: ONE HEART - ONE SPIRT. It features (left to right) Jack Thompson (the great Australian actor and Garma ambassador), Dr. M Yunupingu (An Australian of the Year, Garma co-founder and famous singer of the band Yothu Yindi), and Little Hawk.
Dr. Yunupingu (at left) is wearing a bone necklace made by Grand Chief Silver Eagle of the Métis Eastern Tribal Indian Society of Maine [Little Hawk's people].
At Garma, Little Hawk performed with Galpu clan elder, Djalu' Gurruwiwi, who has been a master of the yidaki for many years. His instruments are highly respected all around the world. The sound of the yidaki at Gulkula is a call to all peoples to come together in unity. It is said that the sound of the yidaki is the sound of Mother Earth.
Ms Yunupingu, [lady in blue] is an internationally acclaimed Indigenous painter whose work is on permanent display at the Musee Du Quai Branly, Paris, France. Little Hawk viewed one of her paintings in a museum in Northern Territory, and he "...saw depth in time like the silence that you feel in a prayer when you are praying, and all is quiet around you." It happened that her granddaughter, Akiyo Tanaka was present while Little Hawk stood before the painting and played a flute. Akiyo invited Little Hawk to play flutes for her grandmother.
The four grandmothers were mourning the death of a close family member and friend when Little Hawk was asked by Akiyo to play flute for her grandmother. Little Hawk placed a flute in front of each grandmother and proceeded to play a special prayer of healing for each one.
Jack Thompson, Greg Reeves (Australian tour organizer, guitarist, and Film Producer), and Little Hawk being filmed by the campfire at Garma.
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