Australia Day Smoking Ceremony
Smoking ceremonies are an ancient custom among Aboriginal Australians in which native plants are burnt to produce smoke and acknowledge the ancestors and pay respect to the land, waters and sea of country. The smoke is believed to have healing and cleansing properties.
The theme of the Smoking Ceremony was ‘Mourning in the Morning’; a sincere acknowledgement held for all First Nations Peoples and Friends. The ceremony, held on Kaurna Country, included truth, love, respect, hope, sharing and storytelling of our past, present and future.
The Ceremony involved a Welcome to Country, led by Uncle Fred Agius and Uncle Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner as well as a performance by the Iwiri Choir.
Elder Park (Tarntanya)