Summit Smoking Ceremony and Welcome
Updated: Oct 20, 2021
The 2021 Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit began with a smoking ceremony on Matagarup Heirisson Island with Trevor Walley and Barry Winmar.
This was followed by a Welcome to Country and smoking by Neville Collard and other Elders outside the venue at Boodjargabbeelup Point Fraser, and a Welcome inside the venue by Dr Noel Nannup and Dr Richard Walley.
Artwork by Jade Dolman from the 2021 Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Social Impact Summit. Please don't share outside of this context.“This one was mainly about the Welcome to Country and the smoking ceremony we had...that was really powerful for me. And even though we had so many of us, we were just on one plane, we were just on the land and I feel like the sky was also full with all of our spirits and our ancestors…the ancestors of all of us would have just - the place was completely full, it was over capacity. I really wanted to capture that in this artwork so we have the spirits, or the wirin, and the ancestors in the sky, and then all of us vibrating all the energy from them. And the stars, and the smoke...kind of as the passage between us and our ancestors.”