Key Performers

 

Peter Williams

Peter Williams (Uncle Peter) 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 storyteller. 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.

   

 Ngalan

Ngalan is also from Garul Gigula Clan of the Ngemba Tribe. His personal totem is the ‘Kunnha’, the region’s Wallaby.  Nagalan has been dancing from the age of 8. As the youngest member of the Waradah family, Ngalan looks forward to dancing his songs and sharing his culture with the visitors to the centre.  Since arriving at Waradah, Ngalan, under the careful tuition of Uncle Peter, Ngalan has progressed to playing the Didgeridoo.

 

Hayden

Before joining the Waradah troupe, Hayden worked in Sydney as Special-ed teacher. Adopted by the Darug clan, Hayden’s personal totem is the Chachitti, the Willy Wagtail.

Hayden has been dancing since 2016. Learning and practicing his cultural heritage transcends his spiritual connection. It is a way of clean living – respect for the land and its preservation for generations that follow him.

 

Rheese

Rheese is a Darug and Wakka Wakka man from his father’s side. His personal totem is the Kipityaa, the Grey Kangaroo.

Still in school in NSW’s Central Coast, Rheese has been dancing for 2 years and joins the Waradah troupe on weekends and school holidays. His dancing is a way of connecting with his ancestors and the stories of the land.

‘Dancing takes us to another place where it feels like home.’

 

Jake

Jake is also from Garul Gigula Clan of the Ngemba Tribe in North West NSW, with his personal totem is the ‘Kunnha’, the region’s Wallaby. His tribal language is Wongaipuwan. Nephew of Uncle Peter, Jake has been dancing for over 20 years.

Jake can often be found helping out with cultural talks at the centre and posing for photos with tourists. When not dancing, Jake enjoys fishing and watching movies.

 

Jesse

Jesse’s mother is from Kalkadoon Country at Mt Isa, North-West Queensland. His father’s country is the Birra-Gubba (around the town of Ayr), also in Queensland. Since arriving at Waradah in 2015, Jesse is being schooled in the dancing, stories and songs of the Ngemba Tribe in North-West NSW by our senior dancer and songman, Uncle Peter.