COINCIDING with the 12 month anniversary of the return on Mungo man, the 40 000 year old, incredibly well-preserved remains of an indigenous Australian man, and one of the most significant stories in our nation’s history; a gathering of global indigenous Elders will converge on Byron Bay this November.
On the weekend of the 24th and 25th, at the site best known for hosting some of the country’s biggest festivals, Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festival, a gathering like nothing this region has ever seen before will occur.
Facilitated by Unity Earth, the inaugural Fields Of Healing event will be a cultural celebration of epic proportions, a coming together of humanity beyond the oppressive barriers of race and religion, that is largely driven by a desire to connect and unite as one people.
Enticed by a vision held by local elder and Minyungbal Yugambeh
Songman, Uncle Magpie Yerrubilgin the event, which will be held on what is considered to be both a precious and sacred site to our nation’s first people. The site is that of the very first Bora ring, where ancient lore was laid down, it is also the east- west pathway, making it the ideal location to begin a national and indeed global conversation around the healing of deep personal, cultural and ecological wounds.
When asked about his vision for the gathering, Uncle Magpie said this, “We’re coming to a time in human history where the world is changing and I think it’s good for a lot of us indigenous people to get together and talk.
“My greatest hope and wish is to bring it (traditional culture) all back, I know we cant ever get our land back, we can’t reverse what has happened in the past but what’s in our heads, our stories, our songs and our language, we can bring that back,” Uncle Magpie, Our Way Stories, 2016.
The event is of great significance for all involved explained the event’s community director Adam Collett.
“This gathering is particularly close to my heart and something that I am so proud to be a part of,” said Mr Collett.
“We will have indigenous elders from all of the major continents across the globe, including American Indian Chief Phil Lane Jr, Uncle Angaangaq from Greenland, Mexican elder Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz, Ambassador Mussie Hailu from Ethiopia and Uncle Louis Kereopa from Rotorua NZ.”
“Everyone is welcome, and we encourage anyone who feels drawn to the concept of honouring our elders, immersing themselves in ancient culture and learning from some of the world’s most highly regarded wisdom holders, to come along an join us in creating this historic event,” said Mr Collett.
This upcoming Field Of Healing event aims to break down cultural barriers, highlight ancient wisdom, celebrate knowledge sharing and connect through the traditional arts.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via the website: fieldsofhealing.com.au