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NAIDOC Week Cultural Celebrations

Today students from Tingalpa State School Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 made the journey to Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre to spend the day immersed in activities which celebrate the importance, richness and resilience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, communities and language. This is significant for students as they celebrate National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week at school.
The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – emphasises and celebrates the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Within the theme of Our Languages Matter, students integrated Jandai language used by the Quandamooka people with interactive activities centred on educating and celebrating past and present Quandamooka culture. Matt, our Quandamooka presenter, demonstrated Indigenous lifestyle, culture and everyday tools and weapons, while explaining traditional language, meanings and customs.
Additional hands-on workshops engaged students in face painting, fire making and storytelling.  During storytelling students viewed the Buangan Banji (Dolphin Brother) artwork by David Stevens and through their own reflections and interpretations created fantastic stories to explain the piece. These were just one of many student creations from the day!
Yuwayi, bunjis (Farewell, friends)
Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre Staff