Back to Pinjarra Day on Sunday commemorates those who fell in Pinjarra Massacre

The Bindjareb Dancers perform at last year’s Back to Pinjarra Day.
The Bindjareb Dancers perform at last year’s Back to Pinjarra Day.

THE community will unite on the banks of the Murray River at Pinjarra on Sunday for the annual Back to Pinjarra Day which commemorates the 1834 Pinjarra Massacre and pay respects to fallen ancestors.

In recognition of one of the most notorious incidents in Aboriginal history, the day aims to create a cultural awareness in the community and help with the spiritual healing of the Bindjareb nation.

The event runs 10am to 1pm at the Pinjarra Massacre site on South Western Highway, opposite Pinjarra Cemetery.

Events feature wreath laying, a smoking ceremony, contemporary dance by the Bibbulmun Koorda, cultural food, children’s activities, including tribal face painting, live music by the Stirling Rangers Band and an arts and crafts sale.