Aboriginal Education

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HERITAGE PARK BATHURST

AUTHENTIC ABORIGINAL ACTIVITIES (all Aboriginal activities are authentic, cultural permissions have been given by Wiradyuri Traditional Owners and Elders for participants to enjoy the activities knowing that the activities are carried out under the strict instruction of and with the blessing of Traditional Wiradyuri Elders)

“Wiradyuri”

Yalbilinya (Learning) Program

 


AUTHENTIC ABORIGINAL ACTIVITIES

Activities For 2018

These activities are age appropriate and tailored to suit the Outcomes of the Australian Curriculum in an age-appropriate way.

 

  1. AUTHENTIC TRADITIONAL WIRADYURI ART:

Explore Wiradyuri traditional art. Students learn the meaning of identity through colours, symbols and lines thus expanding their creative skills. Students will take away a singular Indigenous art banner designed and created with teamwork.

Duration: 1 Hour – COST $12.50 per student

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. AUTHENTIC TRADITIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP:

Package 1: Learn about traditional song and dance. Your guide will talk and demonstrate the different dances and when and why they were used. You will participate and try to dance and use Aboriginal musical instruments.

Duration: 1 Hour – COST $12.50 per student

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

Package 2: Experience the “Wiradyuri Dancers” through a full demonstration by Aboriginal Dancers. Learn about traditional song and dance. Your guide will talk through, and demonstrate, the different dances and when and why they were used. You will participate and try to dance and use Aboriginal musical instruments.

Duration: 1.5 Hours – COST $25.00 per student (Subject to availability)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. AUTHENTIC TRADITIONAL WIRADYURI LANGUAGE:

Learn to Count, say typical greetings, name body parts, and describe animal’s relationships on Country amongst a host of other words.

Duration: 1 Hour – Cost from $10.00

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. TRADITIONAL BUSH TUCKER AND MEDICINE:

Learn about the traditions that have been passed down through the generations of the Wiradyuri ancestors about different plants and animals used for food and medicines. You will learn about the Dreamtime (creation of Earth). Wiradyuri people have used plants and animals for both nutrition and medicine. You will be shown different methods of collecting and cooking the food. You will hear stories passed down throughout the generations by your guide and will also give you a deeper insight into Aboriginal Culture, Wiradyuri Culture and, considering the connection between land and life. You are able to taste of Kangaroo, Emu and Crocodile if desired, and make your own Jonny Cakes with choice of Golden Syrup or Bush Jams for Morning or Afternoon Tea. This extended activity can include Morning Tea, Lunch (BBQ) and Afternoon Tea.

Duration: 4.5 Hours – Cost starting from $49.50

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. AUTHENTIC STONE TOOL MAKING:

Package 1: Using traditional materials gathered from surrounding bushland, you will learn about the stone tools that were used for thousands of years. These include: hammer stones; axe heads; stone knives; spear heads; and, arrow heads. You will learn how they are made and learn about what they were used for (e.g., Hammer stone and 1 other)

Duration: 1 Hour – $12.50 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

Package 2: Using traditional materials gathered from surrounding bushland you will learn how to make a stone axe (or one other tool) that you can take home with you. You will be amazed to discover how to make bush glue from kangaroo dung and sap from trees. This is a hands-on activity.

Duration: 2-2.5 Hours – $24.00 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. BOOMERANG MAKING AND THROWING

Package 1: Learn how to throw a boomerang and maybe have it come back to you. In this activity, you will also learn that there is more to a boomerang than being a curved stick. Discover intriguing stories about Wiradyuri lore and customs. Find out how, when, and why the boomerangs were a key tool in Aboriginal survival.

Duration: 1 Hour – $12.50 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

Package 2: All of package 1 and students get to finish making a Boomerang that can be personalised with Art and taken home to keep. Learn how to throw a spear (no tip) and find out how to make them. You will gain an understanding of their importance throughout Australian Aboriginal Cultural Groups.

Duration: 2-2.5 Hours – $24.00 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. COOLAMON MAKING DEMONSTRATION:

A Coolamon is a dish like a bowl or pot. Coolamons were used by women to carry water or food. They were made from the elbow of a root or branch of a tree. Some were made of bark that was cut from a tree and the sides curved up by moulding it with fire. The inside was smoothed by scraping it with a sharp stone or shells.

Duration: POA

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. SPEAR MAKING DEMONSTRATION AND THROWING:

The Wiradyuri fished from canoes and hunted with spears and nets for duck. One might think that throwing a spear is a simple matter, but it takes skill, technique, a knowledge of material and procedures for safety. Be a part of this fun, interactive experience. On this tour, you will also learn traditional spear making skills and discover intriguing stories about Wiradyuri lore and customs

Duration: 1 Hour – $12.50 (Males Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. ABORIGINAL WIRADYURI WEAVING:

Women spent many hours weaving a variety of items used in everyday life. They used grass, water reeds, animal fur and other useful plants to make baskets, scoops, dilly bags, mats, and mourning bags. Participate in this hands-on activity to produce an artefact that you can take home with you.

Duration: 1.5 Hour – $15.00 (Females Only)

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. AUTHENTIC ELDERS’ CAMPFIRE:

Sit around the campfire being enthralled by Dreamtime stories. Maybe you will hear the Rainbow Serpent story or the Wahluu story or stories about the Willy Wag Tail, Platypus or Lyrebird. Students can participate because story telling in Aboriginal Culture involves acting or just sit and listen to these wonderful stories. Dreaming stories pass on knowledge, cultural values, and belief systems to later generations.

Duration: 1 Hour Cost $12.50

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school. 

  1. AUTHENTIC SKY LORE:

This talk presents Wiradyuri Sky Stories of the night sky at an age-appropriate level. It details Aboriginal interpretations of many of the constellation patterns familiar to Western Societies. More importantly, Wiradyuri Sky Stories contain vital environmental and social messages as well as take notice of calendrical events such as when to go looking for particular foods and when not to bother. Stories are illustrated with images and planetarium software. The Wiradyuri Stories show that many important scientific messages are embedded within them. This activity will be delivered by Professor David McKinnon and/or his Wiradyuri understudy. This activity also addresses the scientific content of Australian Curriculum at the age-appropriate level. This activity can be done day or night!

All stories have been made available by the Wiradyuri Elders and permission granted by them for their retelling.

Duration: 1.5 Hours Cost $17.50

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.

  1. ARTEFACTS:

Gather around the Elders to see and hear about what tools and implements were used in their daily lives. Learn about Stone Tools, Hunting weapons, Coolamons or message sticks to name but a few. You will see artefacts that could be up to 70,000 years old!

Duration: 1 Hour – $10.00

Please Note; This activity can be catered to your individual needs of your school.