Indigenous culture the focus of Brunswick special day

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Language, food, music and art were explored at Brunswick Junction Primary School on September 8 as part of its belated Naidoc celebrations, to a theme of Our Languages Matter.

The celebrations began with the performance Whirlpool by Year 4, 5 and 6 students, telling the story of the Fresh Water and Salt Water tribes while year 1, 2 and 3 students performed the tale of how birds got their colour.

After a breakfast cooked by Parents and Citizens Association volunteers, Aboriginal elders Jennifer Turner, Ron Gidgup, Michelle Turner and other community members led students througha range of activities.

These included learning the Noongar language, making damper around a fire, dot painting using story-telling symbols, Noongar sand art, drum and tapping stick music and face-painting with Aboriginal symbols.

More pictures from the event:

Shakyla and Wayne Gidgup enjoy the breakfast cooked by volunteers.
Camera IconShakyla and Wayne Gidgup enjoy the breakfast cooked by volunteers. Credit: Mandy Cleaver
Tiarna Pearce and Joel Cleaver wear their finished platted necklaces.
Camera IconTiarna Pearce and Joel Cleaver wear their finished platted necklaces. Credit: Mandy Cleaver
Aboriginal elder William Turner, Aboriginal education officer Jacqui Turner and elder Ron Gidgup.
Camera IconAboriginal elder William Turner, Aboriginal education officer Jacqui Turner and elder Ron Gidgup. Credit: Mandy Cleaver
Fabian Indich, Jayz Farmer and Kallum Infanti cook damper.
Camera IconFabian Indich, Jayz Farmer and Kallum Infanti cook damper. Credit: Mandy Cleaver
Anne-Marie Williams and Shianne Farmer work on Noongar language.
Camera IconAnne-Marie Williams and Shianne Farmer work on Noongar language. Credit: Mandy Cleaver
Principal Claire Nicol, teachers Rebecca Welsh and Amanda Rae, and education assistant Erica Davis.
Camera IconPrincipal Claire Nicol, teachers Rebecca Welsh and Amanda Rae, and education assistant Erica Davis. Credit: Mandy Cleaver
Abbey Turner paints Acel Turner with Noongar-style designs.
Camera IconAbbey Turner paints Acel Turner with Noongar-style designs. Credit: Mandy Cleaver

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