Celebrating the wisdom of the elders

Starting with a benefit concert in Byron Bay this Saturday, March 31, the Hands Around the World project is bringing a group of American and Canadian Indian elders to tour Australia.

One of the organisers, Catherine Potter, said Hands Around the World is working to bring meaningful communication between the indigenous peoples of the world.

It is these people who have maintained a strong understanding of the natural world who will be able to lead the way through the turmoil that is distracting our passage to peace, she said. The oral traditions of the surviving indigenous cultures contain the wisdom that will facilitate our adaptation to the climate change that our planet has already begun documenting.

Hands Around the World needs funds to sponsor the elders travel, and the opening event in Byron Bay will feature a special appearance by Cherokee elder, Grandmother Parisha, as well as workshops, story tellers, healers, medicine men and women, pipe holders, wisdom poets, songmen and women, dancers and story tellers.

They will be supported by award-winning bands.

The concert will be on at the Byron Bay Entertainment Centre at the Arts and Industry Estate, 17 Centennial Circuit, from 2pm until midnight, this Saturday, March 31. Entry Is $25, $20 conc. and kids under 12 free.

For more information see www.handsaroundtheworld.com.au.


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