The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017
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TAMARA HOWIE Spiritual journey 20 NEWS SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 MISS, Miss! We caught a crocodile! Come look! While hundreds danced to the soulful vocals of Yolngu songman Rrawun Maymuru, the real action was happening behind the stage. Id arrived at the Walking With Spirits festival at the Beswick Falls about four hours earlier in the midafternoon. The falls, known locally as Malkgulumbu, are rarely open to the general public. The festival is a rare glimpse into the beauty of a sacred place on Jawoyn country. A corroboree was planned for the evening, with performers coming from all over the pacific on the line up to share cultures in the spiritual place. It was a cruisy five-hour drive from Dar win, for this back seat driver at least. But the last 20km off-road stretch to the falls from the Beswick community tested the suspension of our car, The Great Wall, and skills of our fearless driver, Elise Derwin. We soon realised no one in the car really knew the difference between the all-wheel drive we were in and a proper four-wheel drive. Nor did anyone know if it mattered, while we lost traction over sand and started bouncing around the minced-up track. The Great Wall was wellknown to mechanics in the Katherine area. There had been a few work trips where the car had failed and left photographers and journalists stranded 300km from Darwin while it was repaired. All I know is you dont stop or you get bogged, Derwin said. Just keep driving. It seemed like a weird metaphor for life as I was suddenly flung into window. During my six years in the Territory, I havent done a lot of bush-bashing. We finally arrived at the camp ground and opted to carry our gear down over the river full of giggling children to camp on the bank closer to the action. I suddenly didnt mind if we got stranded if the car broke down. The per NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Books 2-15 are available from 23/7/17 to 5/8/17 for $2.30 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian. Total collection $57.80 max. Available at participating outlets while stocks last. One Book per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. Scholastic 2017 $3.90 *Book + Paper ntnews.com.au/AussieStories Available at particip ating Newsagen ts, Woolwor ths supermar kets while sto cks last THE GREAT AUS TRALIAN STORYB OOK COLLECTION collect all 15 july 22 - aug ust 5