Dancing kangaroos, emus take over school oval

Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health (FISH) dancers entertain Mandurah Baptist College students.
Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health (FISH) dancers entertain Mandurah Baptist College students.

DANCING kangaroos and emus ran amok on the Mandurah Baptist College oval during a Naidoc Week event on Tuesday.

Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health (FISH) members kicked off the celebrations with a welcome to country before entertaining students with a range of traditional Indigenous dances depicting spirits, the yonga (kangaroo) and weitj (emu).

Mandurah Baptist College primary school deputy principal Alison Fallon said students were also able to enjoy other aspects of Indigenous culture such as weaving wristbands, learning Noongar words and taste testing Kangaroo stew.

She said the event culminated in a whole school celebration dance at the end of the day.

“Naidoc Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” She said.

“All of our activities were based around celebrating Aboriginal culture, creativity and language.

“Our goal is to build knowledge, understanding and unity through community events such as this.”

Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health dancers entertain Mandurah Baptist College students.