Manta Milmilpa (Sacred Ground)
Manta Milmilpa means Sacred Ground in Pitjantjatjara and refers to the sacredness of the land where the dead are buried.
Robert K Champion gives the past and present a voice, shedding light on the nation’s truth with stories and songs from his homelands and onward journey to Narrm (Melbourne).
With haunting guitar, he awakens the untold tales of injustices and violence against Blak peoples.
A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man, Robert is a legendary guitarist and a singer-songwriter who spends time using music and songwriting to connect with audiences and communities.
Robert’s intense content can stir the spirit, and the performance ends with a ceremony to cleanse and drift back into the present moment.
Robert K Champion (Gubrun, Kokatha, Mirning)
Performer: Shauntai Batzke (Wiradjuri)
Performer: Allara Briggs Pattison (Yorta Yorta)
Performer: Phoebe Elsworth
Performer: Michael Julian (Koori)
Performer: Uncle Herb Patten (Ganai-Kurnai, Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri)
Performer: Amos Roach (Ngarandjerri, Gunditj Mara)
Performer: Penelope Somerville
This show features themes of colonial violence and may be upsetting to some audience members. The show will conclude with a cleansing ceremony.
Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival and Melbourne Recital Centre
Photo by Jacinta Keefe