Kathy from the Mutijulu community near Uluru breaks out in a spontaneous dance in front of a crowd gathered to admire a car show taking place shortly before the finals of the Yuendumu Australian Rules Football Carnival. Cars decorated in their team colours compete for the AUD 500 (GBP 272.00) in prize money.
Once a year Football teams from all over Central Australia travel to participate in the annual Yuendumu Football Carnival. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the carnival which attracted a large turnout of 17 men's and eight women's teams participating in the competition. The players are well used to travelling extreme distances on hazardous dirt roads making the journey to the hosting tribes, with some teams coming from other states. The significance of 'bush footy' for Central Australian Aboriginal communities is immeasurable. Australian Rules Football has long been described as a vehicle for social cohesion, group identity, pride and joy. It is the glue that holds the communities together.