1:30pm – Sunday, May 27 on ABC1
The Urab Dancers are serving as a beacon for the young Porumalgul people of the Torres Strait who believe that language and dance have something to offer them, and indeed that they have something to offer in return. They have shared their cultural performances and stories with wider audiences and this year plan to undertake a tour to several destinations on mainland Australia. What’s in store for a group of young people who are now realising their cultural past holds the key to their very modern future.
The Torres Strait is home to the Porumagul people of the Kulkulgal nation. This community is one of the smallest in the Torres Strait, and is keenly aware of the problems facing many Indigenous communities in Australia in their loss of cultural identity and tradition.
In the past, Elders have been the cornerstone in maintaining the teaching and practice of traditional and cultural knowledge; but recently an unexpected social shift has occurred in some communities whereby the young people have become the proactive element within those roles.