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WATCH: President Micheal D Higgins welcomed to Australian Government Buildings with a Smoking Ceremony and dance


Aboriginal Elder Dr Richard Walley and his children Olman, Alton, and Rikeeta welcomed President Micheal D Higgins to Government Buildings with a Smoking Ceremony and dance this afternoon.

They also presented him with a message stick inscribed with a message about cultural connection and some etchings of local wildflowers.

“We are now in Kambarang - the season of the wildflower,” Rikeeta explained. “The dance and ceremony is to show the footsteps left by our ancestors, and the ones we are leaving for future generations.”

The family wore traditional dress and kangaroo skins, and burnt sandalwood and peppermint leaves during the ceremony.

This afternoon, President Micheal D Higgins will travel to Subiaco where a statue commemorating the Famine will be unveiled.

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