Key Performers

 

Peter Williams

Peter Williams comes from Garul Gigula Clan of the Ngemba Tribe, originating in the region of Brewarrina in North West NSW, his indigenous language is Wongaibon, with his tribal totem being the Goanna. He is our head dancer and song man here are Waradah, as well as an Elder in his tribe. With this comes Uncle Pete’s vast array of skills and knowledge, ranging from his developed skill with spear and boomerang, through to art and music and on into bush tucker and traditional medicines. He is well versed in the lore of his people, being an accomplished traditional story teller. Peter uses his knowledge to not only guide the younger generation of his people and our other resident dancers, but also any of our guests who are willing and keen to re-discover Australia’s rich and diverse culture.

Leigh

Leigh is another member of the Ngemba Tribe here at Waradah, specifically from the Garul Gigula clan. He is a staple member and can often be found posing for tourists and playfully poking fun at anyone who is keen. Leigh has been dancing for 10 years now, both Ngemba style dance and Wakka Wakka. Some of Leigh’s indigenous skills repertoire include Boomerang and Spear throwing, as well as being well versed in cultural Dreamtime Storytelling.

Yasmyn

Yasmyn is proud to represents both her father’s Ku-Ku Yulangii tribe in the Far North of Queensland and her mother’s Tjapukai Tribe, also in the Far North Queensland. In addition to her parents’ tribes, Yasmyn has close ties to the Torres Strait people.

Yasmyn loves sharing her identity and culture with visitors to Waradah Aboriginal Centre. She aims to make her family, elders, and friends proud with her strong devotion to her culture and heritage.

Yasmyn’s dream is to one day open her own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Centre.

Jesse

Jesse

Jesse’s mother’s country is located in Mt Isa in North West Queensland the Kalkadoon people and his father’s people are the Birri-Gubba from Mackay, Central Queensland. Jesse hopes to teach everyone he meets about his culture, heritage and to learn more about his people’s lore.

An enthusiastic member of the dance troupe, since arriving at Waradah Jesse has worked hard to master playing the Didgeridoo, the ancient Aboriginal musical instrument. His skills are often called upon for private didgeridoo lessons for our VIP guests.

 

 

Shonay

Shonay

Originally from Queensland, Shonay carries the proud heritage of Mandandanji people from her mother and Wakka Wakka people from her father.

Her passion about culture is second to none. Amiable and bubbly, shonay loves learning about new cultures and will happily chat to visitors about their country and tradition.  In return, she will share with them information about her background and symbolism behind the Aboriginal art.

 

 

Bareki

Bareki comes from North-West NSW. His parents are from Kamilaroi Country.

Bareki loves sharing the songs and dances handed down to him by Aboriginal elders all around NSW. He’s  particularly grateful to his elders in Gomoroi Country, especially his Dhumu (grandfatherher), Paul Gordon for his lore and knowledge.

 Nakea-Lee

Nakea-Lee comes from the mid-north coast of NSW. Her mother’s people are from the Worimi Nation, and her father, the Biripi Nation.

Nakea-Lee enjoys dancing and sharing her culture with the visitors to Waradah Aboriginal Centre. In her spare time, she paints and weaves her stories from her culture.

Tom

Tom’s quiet, regal manner is a measure of his pride and respect for his culture, people and elders. His matriarchal lineage binds him to the proud homeland of the Gomeroi Nation that extends from Toomelah to Narrabri and down to Tamworth, NSW. His Patriarchal lineage span NSW’s mid-north coast from Gumbaynggirr to Bunjalung nation.

Tom’s ambition is to continue the legacy of his ancestors; to pay daily homage and respect to the elders and wise men who’ve come before him.