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Water Birth for a Better Earth


On the final day of Rebellion Week in October of 2019, a happening took place beside the Brisbane river, in the heart of Southbank. What was once an old ferry dock soon became a meeting place for those willing to take part in a Water Birth for a Better Earth. Costumes and instruments were made available to participants and passers by to embrace the ceremonial proceedings about to take place. As the anticipation for the auspicious Birth was building, police boats were eagerly floating nearby in case something “disorderly” took place. As the people gathered, we shared river songs and chants to sing throughout proceedings, this was followed by a procession along the river. People sang and cheered and played their instruments with full embrace of the fiction we were embarking upon.


And thus, the Brisbane River Dolphin was born...




Video by Carmen Gee

Photos by Kelsey King


We acknowledge the Custodians of the land and waters which this was made, particularly our Elders who once fished, travelled with and bathed in this river.

BURN Arts, Inc and the Modifyre Community wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Country
upon which Modifyre takes place, the Bigambul and Kambuwal Peoples.  

 

We also wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Country upon which we live, learn and work, the Jagera and Turrbal Peoples.
We honour their Ancestors and pay our deepest respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.  

 

We extend that respect to all First Nations People, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. We honour and respect their continued cultural and spiritual relationship
to their Traditional Lands, Seas and Waters and recognise their unique and valuable contribution to society.  

 

Sovereignty was never ceded.