Saturday 20th Jul, until Thursday 15th Aug
LAKE EYRE TO WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FLOTILLA
Lake Eyre, SA, 9:00am
Looking at the ancient ways to find the new beginnings.
...Once upon a time the land was joined, Australia the big mother split from her children the islands of Melanesia. Just below the surface of the sea that now divides us are the hidden treasures of forgotten stories and cultural knowledge as we sift through the sands of time, reconnecting ancient culture, finding the story lines that reveal a deep connection with the land and people,
Water is life, follow the dreaming story of the water from the Lake Eyre basin to our brothers and sisters land in West Papua.
We have a duty of care, the People of West Papua are suffering.
"...We have a responsibility to care for our bothers and sisters from across the water, we must bring the water and the fire, the love and the music to heal the country as we move in solidarity. We were one people, we still are one people, we must hold our cultural connection, the old land is calling us...’"
(Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder)
Calling on all our friends and families of all nations to join us at the shores of Lake Eyre for a music festival to celebrate the survival of the old country and to stand strong to make an action of creative resistance against the apartheid of colonization and destruction caused by multinational mining companies on this land.
From the shores of the Lake, we will follow the underground water across "Australia" in a freedom ride convoy of artists, musicians, activist, Original Sovereigns and Indigenous ambassadors from Australia and West Papua that carry the ancient water collected from the sacred mount springs of Arabunna country, the fire from the old Lake Eyre and ashes from Aboriginal tent embassies across Australia.
These offerings of peace and justice will be taken on a flotilla as a symbol to support the freedom and justice for West Papuan people.
Looking at the ancient ways to find the new beginnings...
By foot or by car, by bus or canoe, by ship or by song, by dance or by spirit you are invited to join us…
Philosophy: Recognise the rights of indigenous people and their connection to land and water.
Recognise (ab)Original Sovereignty and West Papua Independence
Human rights and Environmental justice is a struggle that belongs to all humanity.
That’s us! With that knowledge we must proceed with strength dedication and fine music xx
How you can get involved:
Donate a BOAT!!
Host an event in your town or port along the way!
Donate time energy and/or money xx
Spread the word
Write a song and sing it loud
Bsb: 633 000
Please label your donation 'Land and Sea' Please contact us if you would like a receipt for your donation
This is just the beginning so spread the word, keep your eyes peeled and be ready to strike!
Feel free to join us any where along the way.
This is a rough itinerary- open to suggestion and subject to change so stay in touch.
Lake Eyre 20th-25th July
20th Set up camp
21st Welcome Ceremony/party Alberrie Creek Station
22nd Mound Spring and Lake Eyre tour
23rd Day of Action against the nuclear cycle (BYO action plans)
24th Farewell Ceremony/concert
25th Pack and Drive- camp near Coober Pedy
26th Camp near Marla or go straight to Alice
Alice Springs 27th-30th July
27th Alice Springs- Concert/movie/info night
30th Alice Springs -get supplies
31st Tennant Creek
Any suggestions for western QLD?
Drive to Cairns and get boats ready
10th August Film info night
12th to 15th August Flotilla launch
There are also more fundraising campaigns planed – benefit gigs in Sydney, Melbourne and possibly Darwin as well as internet crowd funding so keep an eye out.
Much love peace and fine adventures... c u out there.