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Monday, 05 July 2021 11:35

Learning about Aboriginal culture

Over a dozen local children were happily absorbed making bush animals from straw and wool at Gunning Library on Friday 2nd July. Birds, echidnas, goannas, and a sugar glider were just some of the creatures that emerged from the children’s creativity. Ronnie Jordan and her son from Culture on the Move led the activity. Ronnie is a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman who is a professional weaver and artist. She has delivered weaving and art workshops to government agencies, community groups and schools. 

Ronnie showed us some of her beautiful weaving, as well as a Coolamon made from Red Stringybark and a digging stick. She also spoke about Aboriginal culture and taught us some Ngunnawal words. We finished the session outside, playing ‘kal-ka-doon kee-an’ – which is based on a traditional Aboriginal game from north Queensland. The version we played involved throwing a tennis ball in a length of stocking, and aiming for target. You can find out more about the game here: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/704847/kalkadoon_kee_an.pdf. The activity was made possible with funding from COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN through the Australia Government’s PHN Program.

This event was part of Gunning District Landcare’s School Holiday Program, which has involved a wide range of fun and educational activities during most school holidays since 2017. The activities are generally held at the Gunning Library, and we are ever grateful to library staff for being so welcoming and friendly (even when the activities create a bit of a mess!). If you would like to join the email list for future activities, please get in touch with Sonya on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0488 027 653.

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