We assembled at 12 noon, Saturday 9th Feb Musgrave Park at the tent embassy and lit the sacred fire. At 1pm about fifty (50) people marched to the indigenous all stars game at Lang park over the river.
Before we marched Boe Skuthorpe-Spearim, Coco Wharton, Michael Anderson and Aunty Karen spoke.
This what Coco Wharton had to say before we left.
After today’s 1000 Warrior March reached Suncorp Stadium, some noticed that the Aboriginal Flag wasn’t flying and that there was an empty flagpole there. The embassy kindly lent staff one of our flags and Auntie Karen Fusi raised the flag.
Before Aunty Karen raised the flag there was an open forum at Lang park which lasted for about an hour till 3pm. The speeches were extremely good and varied. One allstars fan got up and spoke about the need for unity and to get land rights for his tribe out near Mitchell. Maybe next year we will march over at little later because many people didn’t arrive until after 5pm. That was our first go, maybe next year we will get 1,000 warriors.
The Indigenous All Stars won a great victory!
Indigenous All Stars 32 d NRL All Stars 6. Ben Barber scored a hat-trick before half-time. Over 30,000 people turned up for the game and about 80% were Murris, Kooris or Torres Strait Islanders. Maroochy Barambah sang a Turrbal song before the game and there was a spectacular dance with spears by Nunnuccal dancers and great dig playing by Shannon Ruska. The Indigenous women’s team were great but defeated by a bigger non-indigenous Australian women’s team.
Before the game I spoke with a mapuche indian from chile. He told me a horrific story about how the military put political prisoners in the football stadiums there after the military coup in 1973. I hope they never do that here.
10 Feb 2013