• Member of the Black Cockatoo Dance Company on stage in New York.
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company has captivated audiences at the UN Indigenous Permanent Forum in New York.
Source:
NITV News
16 May 2014 - 4:36 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2014 - 7:23 PM

The Black Cockatoo Dance Company, made up of performers from across Australia, has used its unique storytelling style to showcase Aboriginal culture on an international scale.

They're introducing one of the world's oldest cultures through dance and song to the people of New York and other Indigenous nations.

"It's very important for us to be part of it for the rest of the world to see that Australia has two unique cultures in our country," said Smilar Sinak from the Black Cockatoo Dance Company.

"It's a great cultural awareness and it's a great pride to come to meet with the government here in New York, especially the United Nations and the World Indigenous Forum. We get to meet all the other spirits and meet people from around the country; the world," he said.

The company was formed over 20 years ago but its current renaissance is capturing the attention of international audiences.

"To take it abroad is massive because it's unique over here," said Sean Choolburra from the Black Cockatoo Dance Company.

"Sunday we're opening a multicultural festival at the Bronx and that to me is a highlight." 

Black Cockatoo is the totem of the group's founder Sean Choolburra's clan name, Dabu.

For the Black Cockatoo Dance Company this is a road to broadening awareness of their heritage and culture.