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Ceremonial handover for Fields of Healing festival

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Minyungbal Yugambeh songman Magpie Yerrubilgin and local youth media host and environmental activist Nini Dodds. Photo supplied.

Adam Collett

There is an ancient Indigenous story about a time of great change, when a transition from male to female energy and leadership would take place all over the world.

According to Minyungbal Yugambeh songman Magpie Yerrubilgin, that time is now, and we all have a part to play in it.

‘When this rock went past the earth two years ago, that was a sign that says we’ve changed from grandfather time to grandmother time,’ said Magpie.

Ends to beginnings

‘One story finishes, another story begins.’

For a world that continues to experience so much strife, it would seem that a changing of the guard has the potential to bring about the transformative shifts needed to bring a sense of balance back to humanity, and to the planet.

‘We’ve had all this male energy around the earth, but the earth is a female planet,’ said Magpie. 

‘So now you have a female energy going around which is good for the earth.’

If women are to play a lead role in guiding humanity forward, what then for the men of this world?

‘This new time, it goes on thousands of years into the future, whether we’re here or not,’ said Magpie.

‘As males, our job now today is to support you (women), to protect you and to help you out wherever needed.’

‘This is our job now,’ he added.

As the ceremonial host and guide for the upcoming Fields of Healing gathering of worldwide indigenous elders, Magpie sees a unique opportunity to pass on the wisdom and mantle to the next generation of female leaders.

Local youth media host and environmental activist Nini Dodds is one of those seeking to receive that blessing from the elders at the event.

‘I think that the youth should really take this opportunity because it doesn’t happen every day,’ said Nini.

‘Now is the time to get this started, to get all of the knowledge that we need to keep going.’

A time of witness

All are invited to witness and participate in a ceremonial handover from the male elders to the young female warriors at the event, which is designed as a unique family-friendly cultural experience for all ages.

For tickets and the event program, visit: www.fieldsofhealing.com.au.

♦ Adam Collett is from Fields of healing.

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  1. Looks like a wonderful event. But i have not seen any advertisement for it? Why are the local Arakwal not mentioned/invited? Is it because they are not from North Byron Parklands in Yelgun? Magpie Yerrubilgin is apparently from Fingal Heads. And what Local Media does Nini Dodds represent?
    And is “Chief”Phil Lane Jr a real chief by initiation from another one?
    Just wondering…


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