The band who played at the site of the history making handback of Nitmiluk National Park to Jawoyn three decades ago took to the stage at the Lindsay Street Complex last night for a free concert.
More than 400 people gathered to see the local band Blekbala Mujik, who was joined by the White Cockatoo Dancers and Katherine's own Constantina Bush.
The band from Bulman has risen to fame since its very first show under Katherine's High level Bridge many years ago, and has continued to spread messages of reconciliation.
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the successful land claim won by Jawoyn after a tumultuous 11 year battle against the NT Government and the Katherine Town Council.
It also marked the day Jawoyn people forged a historic agreement with the Northern Territory government to jointly manage the park under a new 99-year lease arrangement.
In celebration, a host of events have taken place at Nitmiluk National Park.
But not everyone can make the 30 minute trip out.
"Last night was very significant for a lot of people in Katherine who have grown up listening to these songs," Katherine Regional Arts executive officer Jacinta Mooney said.
"Blekbala Mujik played 30 years ago at the very same site the handback happened and it was very important for us and the Jawoyn Association to make sure that people who couldn't get out to Nitmiluk could still take part in the celebrations.
"It has been a priviledge to assist the Jawoyn Association in celebrating the 30th anniversary."
New generation artist Yirrmal Marika, hailing from Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land, also took to the stage.
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