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Comment on Giles, Conlan and Lambley snub Mbantua Festival by Dan.

I think the final line in your article says it all about the integrity of this “cultural Festival”. Neville Perkins is complaining about having to protect indigenous sacred sites. What a joke.
This mob consulted with me, just a white fella, many months ago and it all sounded good on the surface, but, I said, I couldn’t commit to anything without consulting my friends, senior custodians for Mparntwe.
I mentioned their names so we all knew who we were talking about, and of course the festival is going to consult with these people too. Or are they? Well I guess they did if you can call consulting waiting till just a few weeks before the festival, when all the plans are pretty much set in concrete.
I would love to see an Indigenous Cultural Festival happening in Central Australia, but I would expect it to be an event that respected and followed cultural protocols.

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