Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Story of the Cicada. Performance Has Taken Me to the Point Where I Can See the Freedom to Express My Culture in My Own Way. - Sharman Parsons

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Story of the Cicada. Performance Has Taken Me to the Point Where I Can See the Freedom to Express My Culture in My Own Way. - Sharman Parsons

Article excerpt

CICADA Lights - this year's grand community performance event - is a continuation of an idea which began at the first Peace Festival.

Indigenous artist Sharman Parsons' creative interpretation of the Cicada Dreaming story is based on her spiritual beliefs as an Indigenous woman and brings a different perspective on our relationship with the land, complimenting our historical and environmental perspective.

Here is her story of how and why she was inspired to create Cicada Dreaming:

"One morning, just as the sun was rising, I was awoken by the song of a cicada; tikka, tikka, tik, tikka, tikka, tik at my door.

As I opened the door, I discovered a newly born Grassy Cicada on my doorstep. It remained there and would not fly away.

It sang a song that was very beautiful; slowly, softly, rising and building, singing, calling to me in a beautiful and powerful dance.

Normally, the cicada remains underground and cannot rise up unless there is rain to soften the crusted earth; this cicada came in the middle of the drought.

I felt an immediate and very strong connection to the presence of this ancestral being and an instant recognition of ceremony.

I heard the rhythm, the clap-stick percussion beating faster and faster, the shimmering beat forming into a dance. I knew I had to understand and share the teaching of this tiny being.

Cicada is really tuned in to the earth. Cicada understands water and tree and returns to remind us to care for the land, to reconnect with ancient knowledge about our place in the land.

This is teaching that can be shared with everyone around the world.

It is still very strong in the Warwick area and all around the mountain rim; koala teaching, crested pigeon, skink and snake teachings; creatures that have existed for millions of years in this land.

All Indigenous peoples in this wide region knew of the importance of this law. …

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