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Monday, 8 May 2017

Wild Australia: reliving the shocking story of Indigenous slave-performers

Wild Australia: reliving the shocking story of Indigenous slave-performers
- Two countrymen from up north, we meet at the Arts Centre in Melbourne to yarn up about Jack’s upcoming disruptive ritual during the Yirramboi First Nations Arts festival, which opened on Friday.
This place, which was once a waterfall and sacred site but is now marked by a tall white tower set in concrete and brick, will be ground zero on 13 May at 1pm, for a roaming symbolic battle along the streets from the Arts Centre Melbourne to the state library.
Jack Sheppard, a young Kurtjar/Kunjen man from far north Queensland who is an actor and dancer trained at Naisda Dance College, is finishing a fight that was begun over a century ago with a brutal attack on his family.