Bongolinj-bongolinj “One Mob Different Country” dance group performing madjandemed ‘Gilbert’s lizard (tata lizard)’ – video published 12.7.2012 courtesy of nakangila
One Mob Different Country is a program that has been operating out of the Darwin Correctional Centre (DCC) for approximately 12 years. The program allows low-security Indigenous prisoners who have demonstrated good behaviour to take part in performing traditional aboriginal dances at events - including community, government and not for profit organisations. The dancers have been given permission from the Elders of the Beswick and Barunga communities to perform certain dances and songs from that region.
The name One Mob Different Country refers to the fact that the dancers themselves may come from different communities (different country) but they come together as a group to dance (as one mob). The dancers are not paid to perform. Instead the funds go to the Department of Correctional Services to support this enterprise program and others – for capacity building and creating a positive, sustainable future for those in the program.
Accompanied by live music of clap sticks and/or didgeridoo.
$1,950 (+gst) for approximately 15-20 minutes duration