Students embrace Indigenous culture
CHINCHILLA State High School embraced Indigenous culture and history when they celebrated NAIDOC Week with a line-up of special performances, workshops and games on Friday.
Students came together for a day of boomerang painting and performances by the Wagga Torres Strait Islander Dance Company.
As well as traditional activities and games, the theme for this year’s NAIDOC celebrations, Our Languages Matter, inspired the painting of a mural featuring the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal flags.
CSHS Year 11 student Jasmine Gardner said the NAIDOC Week celebrations were about closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people in the community.
“It’s about connecting and sharing the culture with everyone,” she said.
“Everyone got involved and had a go and everyone enjoyed the activities.
“The Torres Strait Islander dancers were really good and it gave everyone some connection to Indigenous peoples in the community.”
Jasmine said taking part had deepened her own understanding and connection to her indigenous culture.
“I learnt different indigenous games and how they originated and what they target, it was really interesting because each of these games target different areas of Aboriginal life,” she said.
CELEBRATIONS: Kubi Lee from the Wagga Torres Strait Islander Dance Company.