Kalkarindji and Daguragu are on the traditional homelands of the Gurindji people, and these communities are linked to the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Ngarinman and Warlpiri peoples through the historic Walkoff from Wave Hill Station, which was initially established on Gurindji traditional lands in 1883. At the time of the Walkoff, Wave Hill Station had been owned by British Lord Vestey’s family since 1914. The Gurindji Walkoff was initiated by Gurindji/ Malgnin leader, Vincent Lingiari, on 23 August 1966 and lasted till 1974, an event which lit the fire that became the National land rights movement.
On 26 August, 1975, then Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam officially handed back his people’s traditional lands to Vincent Lingiari in the community of Daguragu. While Vincent and many of his contemporaries have since passed away, elders who participated in this monumental community-driven movement continue to stand strong in their country. They and their descendants invite you to come and share this anniversary with us, listen to our elders’ stories and experiences over the almost four decades since that historic time in the late 1960s, and support us in our aims for our current and future younger generations.
- Flower service at Kalkaringi Cemetery
- Grand opening of the Wave Hill Walk O Heritage Trail
- Freedom Day March
- Wajarra (cultural dance/corroboree)
- Karungkarni Art exhibitions and workshops
- Guest Speaker Program
- Film Festival
- Book launches
- Fred Hollows Foundation 40th Anniversary Commemorative display
- Music Concerts
- Sports Carnival including AFL, Basketball and Softball
For more information go to Gurindji Freedom Day Website