The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017
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formance stage set up was far bigger than I imagined, but still dwarfed by the golden rock face of the falls in the afternoon sun. Smoke billowed from the sandy ground over kangaroo sausages and pineapples dinner and dessert for the revellers. As the sun descended, the lake came to life as tiny lanterns cast their glow across the waters surface. The festival began with a traditional smoking ceremony by custodians of the land. The four lawmen who began the festival have passed, and the smoking ceremony was to celebrate and cover their spiritual tracks in order to continue their legacy, according to the festivals artists director Tom E Lewis. My feet slid in the cold mud as I followed a group of excited children behind the stage to a small island in the lake, as p r o j e c t e d c o l o u r s danced on the cliffs of the falls. Feel it, one of the young boys said as he handed me a fishing line. I pulled on it gently. No pull harder. Look, over there, near the pandanus. I gripped the wire tight and pulled. With each strong pull a dark shadow, about the size of a crocodiles head, broke through the water just below the single pandanus bush poking out of the rock face. Were trying to pull it in but we aint strong enough were waiting for our Dads to finish and help us. Have you caught crocodiles in here before? I asked. Yep, big ones. We eat em up. Thats my dreaming, crocodile. Soon, about six kids in ceremonial dress and body paint were lined up, heaving on the line. Help us, help us. I joined in with a mate, only to feel the line slacken suddenly. Little arms madly drew in the fishing line. Look, there, thats where the crocodile bit it off. Sharp teeth. Two kids clutched the end of the line, thrilled they were so close to pulling the reptilian beast in. Walking with Spirits at Malkgulumbu (Beswick Falls). A night of corroborree interpreted with music, story, song and fire in the setting of Malkgulumbu on Jawoyn country Pictures: ELISE DERWIN SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 NEWS 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, BUSINESS AND INNOVATION Hospitality sector seminar When: Time: Where: General business seminar When: Time: Where: australiasnorthernterritory.nt.gov.au 12 79 LM