Gatherings are an important part of the life of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. They occur around family matters such as funerals and celebrations. Ceremonies and rituals carried out during gatherings and festivals provide opportunities to meet cultural and social obligations. Gatherings also provide the chance for storytelling and passing on of knowledge.
Some gatherings, such as the Bunya Mountains Gathering have been disrupted by colonial intervention and loss of access to important meeting places. Others continue to enrich cultural life and pass information from generation to generation. Gatherings are also created to respond to new challenges. Events such as National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) bring people together throughout Queensland to celebrate contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Bunya Mountains Gathering
Coming of the Light Festival
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