Cul­tural con­nec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

KINDEGARTEN stu­dents from the Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege (PLC) were mes­merised by a per­for­mance of Abo­rig­i­nal dance last week, which was part of their Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

Seven dancers from PLC’s Gorna Li­yarn in­dige­nous dance group met the younger stu­dents at their ‘wild space’ on the Peppermint Grove fore­shore.

They ex­plained the mean­ing of var­i­ous moves and taught the chil­dren some of them, which are inspired by an­i­mals and their spir­i­tual an­ces­tors.

Gorna Li­yarn dancer Jasmine Barunga said she en­joyed teach­ing chil­dren about her cul­ture.

“Some do not re­ally know what Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture is about,” Ms Barunga said.

“So it’s chance to meet them and spread aware­ness.

“It is good to teach the kids from a young age. For me, Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week is about ev­ery­one get­ting to­gether and shar­ing our cul­ture, not be­ing judged by the colour of your skin.”

Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week is cel­e­brated na­tion­ally in May but PLC chose to cel­e­brate it in Term 3.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d426011

Pre-pri­mary stu­dents Romilly Hinks and Louis Stamatopoulos with PLC Gorna Li­yarn Dancers.

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