Getting ready

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir is a combined choir from Alice Springs Lutheran Church, Ntaria, Areyonga, Titjikala, Mutitjulu and Docker River Communities.

Our choir have been singing in Alice Springs at the Desert Song Festival every year. In 2013 we also went to Adelaide to sing in all the Lutheran Churches and we went to Darwin with the Soweto Gospel choir from Africa in 2014 and this year we went to Germany.

Sandra Windy said the reason why they went to Germany was to take back history, stories and songs of the German pastor’s that came to Central Australia to teach the word of god to Aboriginal people. The German pastor’s songs were translated into Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara languages.

“When we sang the hymns in our own languages, we were proud knowing we’ve had these songs for a long time

At first we were nervous about flying in the big plane and nervous about singing to thousands of people in Germany but we found it exciting. We were so excited to travel and see the other side of the world, sharing culture, songs and stories. They saw Aboriginal people for the first time and they really liked hearing us sing. We sang in Arrernte and also sang in German”. “We went on a boat and saw all the old castles. Travelling in a big group and having the support team was like one big happy family”.

Thank you to Pastor Rob, Mon’s, Barb, Dr Fiona, Dr Dingwin, Dr Wendy and thank you to Fancis and Naina who were part of the camera crew. Thanks to Titjikala Art Centre for waking the beautiful costumes. Thanks to all the sponsors and organizations that helped us and also to Qantas for looking after us the whole way there.

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