Songlines: Shared Stories of our Landscape

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Songlines: Shared Stories of our Landscape
Photograph: James Horan

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

Rouse Hill House & Farm stands on Darug land. It’s been home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years and this free community event will connect visitors to Darug culture through dance, art and craft. 

There’ll be a smoking ceremony at 10am followed by welcome to country with Aunty Edna ‘Mariong’ Watson, a raising of the Aboriginal flag by Uncle Wes and a performance by female Djaadjawan dancers.

You can try your hand at cultural activities, such as boomerang throwing, Aboriginal painting with the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal and Cultural Education Centre, weaving a turtle with Galamban as you learn about Kutukulung (longneck turtle) and Bado (freshwater turtle).

There’s no need to book to attend the community day, however registration is required for the free workshops. There’ll be a hands-on class on spear technologies with Dean Kelly, or you can meet a koala from Featherdale Wildlife Park and learn about the significance of native animals to the local landscape.

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