Aboriginals turn out for NAIDOC Week celebrations in Pirie

It was a happy day, but with a twinge of sadness.

The National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee celebrations on Thursday featured the Dusty Feet Mob performers from Port Augusta.

They danced at the Northern Festival Centre as about 100 people took part in the festivities.

Master-of-ceremonies Marcellus Enalanga the troupe was "really powerful through its dance and music".

But highlighting a source of despair for Aboriginals, he said the performance was especially strong through its "history, for example the stolen generations".

The "stolen generations" were indigenous children taken from their families by the authorities.

Mr Enalanga said various government and private agencies had set up tables in the ballroom for people to check out their services and "have a chat".

Face-painting and craftwork kept the children busy, There was an Animals Anonymous display featuring a wombat, Snuffles.

Mr Enalanga has returned to his hometown where he was named South Australian Young Achiever in 2016.

He was also Port Pirie Citizen of the Year.

He recently spent about five months in Darwin as the executive assistant to the Education Minister.

He is taking a break in Port Pirie where he has spoken to Elaine Crombie, an actress and former Piriean who has also returned home.

The Welcome to Country at the celebrations was performed by Chris Dodd on didgeridoo.

Musical duo Kuko, comprising Sonya Rankine and Shane Labady, of Yorke Peninsula, kept the excitement going.

Denise Rowe, of Port Pirie, said she was having a great time.

"NAIDOC means the Aboriginal community getting together to celebrate our diverse culture," she said.

Ms Rowe, who has two adult children, said progress was being made towards reconciliation of cultures.

She said it was "about time" that constitutional recognition for Aboriginals was achieved and welcomed latest steps toward this goal.

Australian Red Cross's Claire Magliulo displayed a big boomerang decorated with a rainbow of fingerprints made in paint.

"We cannot tell what the nationality is - so it is all one," she said.

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