If you have been to any recent local events, it is highly likely you have seen The Dyagang Koori Dance Group perform. The group opened Frost and Fire in Forbes last weekend and they will once again be opening the Trundle Bush Tucker Day.
They are in high demand not just within the local area but for events further afield. Last year, the boys were invited to perform for the opening of the 47th parliament in Canberra with the Ngunnawal-Ngambri people, the traditional custodians of the Canberra area.
The founding members of The Dyagang Koori Dance Group, Tyrece, Keanau, Ashton and Abel Robinson, are four brothers from Parkes, who attend Middleton Public School. The group was formed when eldest brother, Tyrece started playing the didgeridoo.
“His dad taught him a couple of things and he was watching YouTube clips of other people playing Didgeridoo, and he taught himself. Then he taught his three younger brothers how to play,” said the boys mother, Jade Alexander.
Tyrece began dancing with another crew and really enjoyed it. The boys sometimes performed with their dad and his connections, and developed a passion for performance.
“It was NAIDOC week last year when the boys were asked to perform on their own, and we thought it would be a great way for the boys to share their culture with others,’’ said Jade.
Following this event, the group was officially formed, so that others could join in.