The Birthing of a New Humanity
On the 22nd December 2012 at The Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo in Adelaide, South Australia, the Rise Up event celebrated and anchored the birth of a new humanity.
Unite the LIGHT – our future is now, was born out of Elizabeth Ellames passionate heart to help others identify and use their gifts to make a difference in our world.
Unite the Light has built a community of innovators, practitioners, teachers, artists, leaders, and everyday angels of compassion; a living example of the power that true unity in our communities creates.
Elizabeth, the Primary Vision Holder along with five Stellar Teams each consisting of a Vision Holder, Stellar Coordinator and complimentary team members formed in January 2012 to develop the content for last nights event. With a goal to embody unity-based principles at every level and truly serve in the transformation of humanity: for the individual, the community, and the world.
The event was designed to raise positive awareness in people, as well as raise funds for the “Because I am a Girl” campaign, which is connected to Plan International which is a development charity working with communities in 45 countries to alleviate child poverty.
Asking the questions throughout the year, Who and what does it mean to be – The New Woman, The New Man, The New Story, The New Family, The New Child, The New Business and The New Style Leader,this leading edge project created a new understanding around the power of community.
It was an honour to experience young Kaurna and Narrunga man Vincent ‘Jack’ Kanyana Buckskin performing the Traditional Welcome to Country in his native tongue of Kaurna, the Kaurna Peoples being the traditional custodians of the Adelaide and greater Adelaide plains region of South Australia.
Meet Jack Buckskin…
Yingkalityidlu ngai nari Vincent Buckskin. Ngaityu taikurtirna Jack ngai tarrki ngaityu tamamuku yarlita warta. Kanya ngai nari warrarlu kuma Kudlyuitpirna ngai kurlana nari ngaityu tukuparrkanungku.
Purlauata marrurlu ngaityu warra Kaurna tirrkanthi. Narta ngaityu taikurtirna kuma miyurna purrutyi nguthuatpinthathu.
Ngai Kaurna ngaityu kamami-arra. Ngaityu tamamuku yarlita Wirangu miyu. Kuma ngaityu tamamuku ngangkita Narungga ngangki. Namu ngai taingiwirlta Kaurna/Narungga/Wirangu miyu. Puru ngai Tarntanyangka tikanthi ngaityu taikurtirna Pukiyana yartangka kuma Pari yartangka yarthuatpathi.
My name is Vincent Buckskin but my family named me Jack after my grandfather’s father.’The rock’ is my Kaurna name given to me and newly derived ‘father of the black swan’ from my daughter.
In 2006 I started learning my language, Kaurna, and now I teach to my family and to all other people.
I am Kaurna through my grandmother and my grandfather’s father was Wirangu and his mother was Narungga so I am a proud Kaurna/Narungga and Wirangu man, although I lived in Adelaide my family grew up on Point Pearce mission and in the Riverland.
After losing his sister, Jack decided to drop everything to immerse himself in the dancing and language of his culture. After 18 months of learning the endangered Kaurna language he was proficient enough to teach it, becoming the only young Aboriginal person to do so. He now teaches more than 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, aged five to 62, through high schools and language schools.
Jack also shares his culture and stories through dance by giving dance lessons at the Kaurna Plains School and fronting his traditional family dance troupe ‘Kuma Karro’ which translates to One Blood.
Jack is committed to educating the community and sharing Kaurna culture.
The Unite the Light attendees were privileged to have Jack and ‘Kuma Karro’ perform a traditional smoking ceremony and a number of their first class traditional dances as they looked on holding their ‘united lights’ (lanterns gifted by the Unite the Light ladies to all attendees at the conclusion of the event).
Sacred ceremonies, video clips, performers, and presentations by guest speakers including the renowned Brandon Bays speaking on the New Consciousness & Elder Brian Butler talking about the ‘Decade of Lateral Love around the World 2012 – 2022’ along with Mia Handshin and Khadija Gbla from ‘Because I Am A Girl’ were all captured on the night, and along with additional footage filmed throughout the year, will form the basis for a documentary and YouTube clips which are still to come.
All of humanities next phase of development will need to be imbued with Lateral Love in the light of unity. How we all contribute will be important. It is time to truly connect with each other and Unite the Light through the principles of the Decade of Lateral Love Around the World 2012 – 2022.