In step with cul­ture

The per­for­mances of Abo­rig­i­nal dance group Mo­orditj Mob gave Santa Clara Pri­mary School stu­dents an in­sight into indige­nous cul­ture as part of Naidoc Week.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

SANTA Clara Pri­mary School stu­dents had an in­sight into Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture as part of a fun-filled day.

Wes­ley Col­lege Abo­rig­i­nal dance group Mo­orditj Mob per­formed and a Wel­come to Coun­try was per­formed by a stu­dent’s grand­par­ents.

Indige­nous play­ers from the Perth Foot­ball Club helped dur­ing a footy skills ses­sion and there were Abo­rig­i­nal sto­ries and paint­ing.

Santa Clara Pri­mary School teacher and Naidoc Day or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Mim El­lis said the school had not had a whole day of cel­e­brat­ing Naidoc Week be­fore.

“We’ve done smaller cel­e­bra­tions of Naidoc Week be­fore but noth­ing like this. We have lots of dif­fer­ent cul­tures at our school so we do cel­e­brate days like Har­mony Day,” she said.

“The day was fan­tas­tic; the kids en­joyed it and the dance group was ex­cel­lent.

“They were very in­ter­ac­tive and the kids were able to take part and play didgeri­doos.”

Mrs El­lis said she hoped the stu­dents took away a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture from the day.

“We spoke to the chil­dren about the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion and what it was like for the kids to be taken away from their fam­i­lies,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470875

Abo­rig­i­nal dance group Mo­orditj Mob, from Wes­ley Col­lege.

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