The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) reported this on their website. The article is accompanied by a full length video of Domnina & Shabalin's routine. It's of interest to Golden Skaters that the Herald cites the recent GS interview with Domnina and Shabalin, done following their first presentation of their Aborigine OD at Russian Nationals.
For those wondering just what the NSW Land Council is, here is their About statement from the above link:''I am offended by the performance and so are our other councillors,'' Bev Manton, the chairwoman of the NSW Land Council, said yesterday.
''Aboriginal people for very good reason are sensitive about their cultural objects and icons being co-opted by non-Aboriginal people - whether they are from Australia or Russia. ''It's important for people to tread carefully and respectfully when they are depicting somebody else's culture and I don't think this performance does.''
Ice dance fans may be happy to know that before the video starts, the website puts up a SPORTS logo!! At least in Australia, ice dancing is a sport.As the State’s peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community. This site provides up-to-date information on the objectives, services and activities of the NSWALC and its members and information on issues affecting Aboriginal people in NSW and around Australia.
And it's encouraging to know that ice dance is of enough interest in Australia for a major paper to know what's going on, and to put up an article on their website.