In a landmark first visit by an American ambassador to the Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures, and her own first visit to the Northern Territory of Australia, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (right) traveled to remote East Arnhem Land for Australia’s largest Indigenous gathering, the Garma Festival, July 27-31. The renowned four-day bush camping event, held in the community of Gulkula, showcased celebrations of the cultural traditions of Yolngu people (Indigenous Australians from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory) including traditional miny’tji (art), ancient storytelling, manikay (song), and bunggul (dance). Linda Burney, minister for indigenous affairs, tweeted her appreciation for the ambassador’s visit and willingness to learn about the Yolngu culture. The significance of the ambassador’s attendance was also noted by many attendees and journalists, creating a strong platform for continued and meaningful Indigenous engagement for the Mission.
Photo courtesy of the Office of The Prime Minister Of Australia