Yanchep District High students do some Dreamtime for Naidoc celebrations


Naidoc celebrations at Yanchep National Park included sand art. Pictures: Isobella Birchall
Yanchep District High students do some Dreamtime for Naidoc celebrations
Yanchep District High students do some Dreamtime for Naidoc celebrations
Naidoc celebrations at Yanchep National Park included sand art. Pictures: Isobella Birchall

CHILDREN learnt about a rainbow serpent Dreamtime story as they helped create sand art during Yanchep National Park’s Naidoc celebrations recently.

Yanchep District High School Aboriginal Islander education officer Judith Birchall volunteered at the July 9 event and said two hail showers did not deter attendees.

“We had a wonderful day and despite the rain, hail and shine, families found the courage to come and play,” she said.

“Derek Nannup told Dreamtime stories and performed his Aboriginal cultural experience for free to the public.

“We had craft activities, free bush tucker tasting from our loyal volunteers and I facilitated some sand art with the kids.

“This year’s theme is Storylines and the sand art reflects The Dreaming of the Waakarl – rainbow serpent in Wadjak dialect.

“The story of the Waakarl is carried over the land through song and stories.

“The large round circles are sacred sites where energy is held and stored, making these areas significant.

“The children learnt about the story as they worked on the art throughout the day.

“My first spray painting outline was literally washed away with the hail which we had to overcome twice during the day.”