NAIDOC celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. While NAIDOC celebrations have been postponed for 2020, we're bringing our local Burramatta NAIDOC celebrations to you with a rich online program of arts, culture, music, stories and dance.
What's On - Activities & Sessions
Culture, Education & Dance
In this adventurous short video showcasing an Aboriginal cultural walk in Parramatta Park, learn about significant places and processes in Indigenous culture with Uncle Chris Tobin and Aunty Leanne King. This easy walk along the Parramatta River is a wonderful opportunity to spend time on country with a traditional Aboriginal custodian, learning about connections to land, plant uses, tools, hunting and other aspects of local culture.
Want to take the walk in person? Book your spot now for the Warami Mittigar - Aboriginal Cultural Walk tour. Bookings are essential.
Tour dates: Mondays - 5 October, Sundays - 6 September, 8 November, 13 December
When: 10am - 12pm
Where: Meet at Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
Suitable for: Adults & families
- Darug Song and Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Lex and Corina, featuring Jannawi Dancers.
See a Welcome and Smoking Ceremony performed by Uncle Lex and Corina, featuring Jannawi Dancers.
Learn and celebrate Aboriginal art and culture through Nangami (dreaming). Download a copy of your very own Darug Dreaming colouring book. These illustrations come with stories from different locations around NSW (including the lands of the Darug, Gadigal, Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay peoples), telling tales from our local artists, including
- Mikaela Cameron, Darug visual artist
- Leeanne Hunter, Wiradjuri visual artist
- Dennis Golding, Gamilaraay visual artist
If you'd like a printed copy of the colouring book for your school or educational facility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy a kids weaving and art session, presented by Peta Joy Williams.
Instructions for fun weaving:
1. Make a hoop with your raffia by looping it around your hand and pull tightly after each loop.
2. With your string or another piece of raffia, tie it around your hoop and fasten it together.
3. With the long end of the raffia, make a loop up top, and pull the end through that loop, wrapping it around the hoop. (see video)
4. Continue to make these loops around the base or hoop until completely covered.
You can use numerous materials for this activity such as string, solid already made bangles, raffia or wire. Whatever you can think of.
Language & Storytelling
Learn Darug words at home, with this quick and easy reference guide that will teach you pronunciation of greetings and items in the ancient Darug language. Download eSheet here.
The final session in our series, featuring our Aboriginal Elders Uncle Paul Whitton, Uncle Bob Young and Uncle James Witti who will collectively share a story of their time in the Kinchela Boys Home. View previous sessions here.