ECU brings Naidoc Week cultural activities to Merriwa Primary School

Students Seth Drummond-Hay, Latieka Henry and Brooklyn Hill with ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Students Seth Drummond-Hay, Latieka Henry and Brooklyn Hill with ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow. Picture: Matt Jelonek

MERRIWA Primary School celebrated Naidoc Week early with a series of workshops last week.

The workshops from ECU cultural awareness officer Jason Barrow and Kurongkurl Katitjin team member Caroline Bishop included mosaic art, Aboriginal games, storytelling, performances and bush tucker.

Alumni Grace Winmar with student Marcus Harp with Nan Valerie Williams. Picture: Matt Jelonek

There was also a mother and child sand mural to reflect this year’s Naidoc theme ‘Because of her, we can’, which honours the role of women as significant role models empowering past generations and paving the way for those to come.

“We teamed up with Merriwa PS to run a series of Aboriginal cultural-based games and activities where the students were able to learn some language from each of the different activities with origins from around the country as well as some practical skills and knowledge,” Mr Barrow said.

Ancestors Dance Crew from Kelmscott Braydon Nicholas and Kelvin Corpus (Back) with students Frankee Sabbioni and Zatarah Sambo. Picture: Matt Jelonek

“Things like how to throw a boomerang, being aware of snakes when bush walking and how spear throwing technology is used today within dog ball-throwers.”

Naidoc Week runs from July 8 to 15.