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Celebrate NAIDOC Week at a free community event of storytelling, dance, craft and art

Celebrate Darug language and culture at Rouse Hill House & Farm on the second Sunday of NAIDOC Week. Sydney Living Museums is working with Muru Mittigar Aboriginal and Cultural Education Centre to create a free community day filled with storytelling through dance, art, flora and fauna.  

Following this year’s NAIDOC Week theme ‘Our Languages Matter’, there will be free Darug language workshops on the day, where visitors can hear and learn some words Darug. There’ll also be the chance to practice those boomerang skills with the Muru Mittigar cultural team, who’ll share the history of the ancient tool and its significance to Indigenous Australians.  

There’ll be a native bird spotter, too, so you can ask about how to make your garden a welcoming space for native birdlife. The Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife rescue charity group will be there to talk about the significance of native animals in connection to kinship, relations and to Country.

Get there early and you’ll experience a traditional Smoking Ceremony by Darug elder Uncle Wes Marne and the raising of the flag and Welcome to Country by Uncle Greg Simms. The day will also include performances by local Indigenous dancers, a sausage sizzle from the Mad Mob Elders group and guided tours of the historic property.

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By: Emma Joyce

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