Murray Upper Cultural Day: A Photo Essay

Recently my son’s school went for a cultural day with some local Elders.

The day began with a Welcome to Country.

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Welcome to Country – June Perkins

The children broke into smaller groups and some went for a rainforest walk to learn about the plants.

It rained on the way so some of the students made hats out of leaves.

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Elder Talking about Plants – June Perkins

The children learnt about weaving.  They had to watch carefully.

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Weaving Elder – June Perkins

Some made a very good attempt at it.  A few managed, with some assistance, to nearly finish small baskets.

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Weaving – by June Perkins

Then a yummy damper, made by the Elders for lunch, was enjoyed by all. It was topped with syrup.

Every single piece went.

Cutting up Damper - June Perkins
Cutting up Damper – June Perkins

The children shared their fruit with the Elders and also teacher aides made the Elder’s warm cuppas as they worked with the children.

Reciprocity is important!

Elder Weaving & Cuppa - June Perkins

The children  attempted to make smoke, traditional style, and mainly made their hands warm!  No chance of any fire in the forest.  Lots of rain around too.

Making Smoke - June Perkins
Making Smoke – June Perkins

The children did some painting on bark and paper.  One of the teacher aides put a dot for every child who came on the excursion onto some bark.

She hopes this event happens with even more organisation and participation from community next year.

Bark Painting - June Perkins
Bark Painting – June Perkins

On the way home we all visited the information centre to view some artifacts.   We had to go in, in small groups as it was a small building.

There were some examples of baskets and shields within.

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Information Centre- June Perkins
Information Centre- June Perkins

The day ended with a bus trip back to school and time for everyone to reflect on what they had learnt.

A slide show of the trip was shared at school that evening.

A copy of all the photographs, including some not featured here or on the public flickr link is with the school

and parents can ask for them care of the school.

You can see more pictures here  at:  Murray Upper Culture Day

4 thoughts on “Murray Upper Cultural Day: A Photo Essay

  1. Thanks Gail, yes these are very special learning experiences. I remember visiting a Maori meeting house when visiting my grandfather in New Zealand and going back there a few years later on a research trip and visiting a carver. It was a special time.

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