Dancing a healing spirit back into the rivers
Chris Johnston; 10/4/10
Major Sumner is a Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal elder from the drought-ravaged lower Murray River in South Australia. A week ago he and a mob of his people left for Queensland on a ceremonial journey through three states to summon the river spirits. Desperate times, he reckons. These ceremonies have been conducted for ”thousands and thousands of years” among the river people, he says, but then vanished, like so many of the ancient ways. ”My people lost these things,” he says. Major Sumner teaches traditional dancing and works in prisons.