Cel­e­bra­tions will con­tinue next week

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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