Event strikes cul­tural chord

Chinchilla News - - LOCAL LEARNING -

THE an­cient fam­i­lies of Aus­tralia would have been proud to see their young de­scen­dents re­con­nect in Chin­chilla on Fri­day.

As part of the Ti­tans 4 To­mor­row pro­gram, 25 full-blood or par­tially indige­nous stu­dents were en­cour­aged to en­gage with their his­tory and each other through, food, art, and dance.

Wariba Ne­li­man and her daugh­ter, Floreta, served the stu­dents tra­di­tional Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der food as they dis­cussed the sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween his­tor­i­cal and mod­ern di­ets.

Ti­tans rugby league club he­roes Pre­ston Camp­bell and Kyel Dancey then opened the floor to a work­shop cov­er­ing Indige­nous Aus­tralian his­tory, the dream­time myths and para­bles, as well as the dances and art­work which sus­tained the people.

Lo­cal el­der Aunty Rose Turn­ball, in­vited her grand­daugh­ter, lo­cal Indige­nous artist Sarah Nixon, to feed the stu­dents’ artis­tic ex­pres­sion through a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The high­light of the work­shop was a pow­er­ful per­for­mance of Wel­come to Coun­try by didgeri­doo player Percy An­der­son.

Ti­tans 4 To­mor­row is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­motes racial sol­i­dar­ity be­tween indige­nous Aus­tralians of all mobs while lob­by­ing for bet­ter school-to-work tran­si­tions for their young com­mu­nity.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CUL­TURAL CON­NEC­TION: Year 12 stu­dent Isa­iah Bligh paint­ing as part of the work­shop.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

Stu­dents hav­ing fun at Ti­tans 4 To­mor­row

CSHS stu­dents from Years 8–12 get to­gether.

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