Celebrations will continue next week
There’s so much to celebrate about the Wamba Wamba Perrepa Perrepa Week culture, celebrations have been extended over two weeks.
The official cultural week started on Monday with a barbecue breakfast for the community at the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre in End St, Deniliquin.
On Tuesday, Yarkuwa launched its Emu and Brolga exhibition, which has been visited by district primary school students throughout the week.
Yarkuwa language project manager Daryll Bellingham said the exhibition highlights a Yarkuwa project to create a storybook in the local Wamba language.
‘‘The story — Emu and Brolga — is one of the local dreamtime stories,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re translating the story into Wamba Wamba language from its original translation.
‘‘The illustrations for the book have been done by members of the community in workshops run by Sivonne Binks.
‘‘Sivonne also put together the exhibition, so we appreciate her hard work.’’
As part of their exhibition excursion, local children were given the opportunity to do some illustrations of their own.
The week’s other programs have also been aimed at educating local youth about local Aboriginal culture.
On Wednesday, Deniliquin South School students were taken through Yarkuwa’s museum of cultural artefacts, with story writing and telling and art sessions throughout their visit.
Yarkuwa’s Tracy Hamilton has also led cultural tours of the North Deniliquin Murray Regional Park forest throughout the week, pointing out the cultural significance of such environments for the local Traditional Owners.
Yarkuwa also hosted a financial informa- tion session for indigenous people, talking about Aboriginal funeral funds and other general financial information.
Today Yarkuwa will host students from Mayrung Public School.
The students will visit for the full day participating in story writing, story telling, Wamba Wamba language lessons, art and song activities as well as an artefacts and cultural tour through the museum.
Some of Yarkuwa’s young men will then talk about their self-made ‘clap sticks’, used for playing music.
Yarkuwa chair Jeanette Crew said the cultural celebrations continue into next week, with more school visits and a Wamba Wamba language website information session at 4.30pm on Monday.
A carers day lunch will be held at Four Post on Wednesday, and the celebration finish with a kids disco at Yarkuwa on Friday.
She thanked everyone who has supported the events, ‘‘with whom we work all year around to build a strong and safe community’’.
For more information, drop into Yarkuwa on the corner on End and Junctions St, or call on 5881 3312.
Sivonne Binks (left) and local artist Glenn Ross (right) with Mathoura School students Phoenix Eagleton, Rachel Gelding, Shaleah Cooper and Molly McCormick at the exhibition opening.