Remote community undeterred by COVID-19
Singalongs at the remote Amunturrngu community — and neighbouring outstations — have become cultural celebrations observing anti-viral protocols.
The nightly events at Mt Liebig are being enriched by senior students at the local Watiyawanu School.
Teaching principal Larry Kenny said the students are supplying music and Pinutpi/Luritja lyrics to the festivities.
“The borders imposed by the coronavirus have deflected young men and women into activities that are self-enhancing and socially inspirational,” he said.
“Our local pastor is pleased to see our adolescents develop music and dance routines for these performances.
“And I witnessed people observing the social distancing guidelines and amalgamating them into normal cultural meeting practices.
“Singers and musicians were about two metres apart, microphones were cleaned between performances, and two-and-a-half metres separated family camps of just five to eight people.”
The singalongs are organised by the Finke River Mission and community pastor Roderick Kantamara.