Stu­dents em­brace Indige­nous cul­ture

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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.

PHOTO: JULIA BAKER

CEL­E­BRA­TIONS: Kubi Lee from the Wagga Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Dance Com­pany.

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