SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Muru Mittigar delivers Aboriginal Cultural experiences through excursions and incursions, for all ages ranging from early childhood to high school.

Our school programs have been designed and developed to create a unique opportunity for our local schools and their students to participate in an interactive and hands on experience with members of the local Aboriginal community through educational and cultural programs. Our cultural educators introduce various aspects of Aboriginal culture, history, heritage, traditions and protocols.

PRIMARY & HIGHSCHOOL
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We can adapt delivery to align with Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) per stage, or age group. The Schools Program objectives include:

The importance and significance of our Dreaming as our belief system and as a teaching method of values, morals and Lore, and the connection it has to ceremonies and traditional dance and song.

To gain a stronger understanding of plants and animals and immediate environment with respect to the land.

To develop an appreciation and knowledge of Aboriginal art and its value in visual story telling from generation to generation.

Importantly to develop a sense of acknowledgement and respect for the traditional custodians of our country through cultural awareness.

EARLY CHILDHOOD
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Our early childhood programs have been designed to provide a unique experience for early childhood carers and children. It enables them to participate in an interactive experience with members of the local Aboriginal community through exciting cultural awareness education.
This program runs for approximately 1 hour and is presented by Aboriginal staff who hold current NSW Working with Children Checks and includes:
Small culture talk including artefacts
A dreamtime story
Art knowledge presentation including ochre face painting
Song and dance
Basic language

CULTURE ACTIVITIES
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CULTURE TALK

Guests in our Cultural Centre learn about the different language groups, lifestyle, protocols, song lines and connections using the Aboriginal Australia map.

Our centre has a range of artefacts, including the coolamon, emu caller, clap sticks, didgeridoo, spears, boomerangs and stone tools. Our culture presenters share their knowledge of how the artefacts are used, the production of these artefacts and their significance.

BUSH TUCKER WALK

Culture presenters take you through our centre’s bush tucker garden and explain the Aboriginal uses of the plants. We share our knowledge of the many different resources found in the environment.

Bush tucker catering can be included as part of your visit (bookings essential). You can sample traditional damper, wattle-seed pikelets with native jams, or a BBQ ‘bush tucker taste test’, offering the finest native game meat, such as kangaroo, crocodile and emu.

BOOMERANG WORKSHOP

In this workshop visitors can experience the ancient art of boomerang throwing in our beautiful bush setting.

Our culture presenters will assist with throwing returning boomerangs and share their knowledge on the 9 different boomerangs we use in our area. They each have a specific purpose, some were used in ceremonies, music or trade. Others are used for traditional survival, like hunting and digging.

ABORIGINAL ART LESSON

Aboriginal art is an important part of Aboriginal culture and history. We use art to tell our stories, teaching and portraying an event through creative expression.

We discuss the different painting styles from areas across Australia, and explain the differences between each. Our Aboriginal artists will then assist you with designing and painting your personal story using traditional Aboriginal symbols.