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Culture and tradition key to part of NAIDOC week

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation is also inviting the community to celebrate NAIDOC week, which runs until July 14.

July 7, 2014 3:48am

Yorta Yorta-Wemba Wemba man Narjiic Day-Burns.


Educating others about Aboriginal culture and tradition is a key part of NAIDOC week, according to Yorta Yorta-Wemba Wemba man and performing artist Narjiic Day-Burns.

Mr Day-Burns, 29, has been dancing for more than 10 years and often visits schools to share his knowledge and perform.

‘‘I’ll be at the flag-raising (today) and also at the Dharnya Centre family day at Barmah on Wednesday,’’ he said.

‘‘Last year I had about 20 or so kids join me in the dance.

‘‘It was a great day, lots of activities.

‘‘I think a lot of people are still uneducated about aboriginal culture.

‘‘I want to give people an understanding of my experiences growing up.’’

Mr Day-Burns encouraged people to attend the family day, saying its appeal was growing and it was not just for Aboriginal families.

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation is also inviting the community to celebrate NAIDOC week, which runs until July 14.

The celebrations at the Dharnya Centre on Wednesday will start with bread-making and a Welcome to Country, followed by traditional dancing and a flag-raising ceremony.

A free camp oven lunch will be provided and fun activities are planned for the afternoon, including a focus on the environment and natural science run by environmental educator Lanie Pearce, Engineers Without Borders, Turtles Australia, Jewish Aid, Strathallan Family Landcare Group and the Superb Parrot Project Group.

YYNAC interim chief executive Damian Morgan-Bulled said the week was a time to acknowledge traditional owners, their land rights, culture and heritage.

 

‘‘NAIDOC week celebrations at Barmah provide the opportunity to celebrate with the local Aboriginal community and gain an insight into our traditions and connections to country,’’ he said.

Mr Morgan-Bulled said the theme this year was ‘Serving Country, Centenary and Beyond’, which honours Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought in defence of our country.

Member for Murray Sharman Stone said about 800 indigenous men served on the frontline during World War I.

‘‘At the Cummeragunja Mission near Barmah, indigenous families joined the rest of the community in the war effort knitting socks, rolling bandages and putting on concerts to help raise money for the war,’’ she said.

NAIDOC week events

Today

Celebrate the opening of NAIDOC week with a flag raising and morning tea at 84 Hare St from 10am to 11.30am. A kids disco and talent night will be held at the Uniting Church from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact Nadine on 0447757744.

Tomorrow

Morning tea at the Echuca Regional Health cafeteria from 10am. Pick up show bags from the Njernda medical training room (primary school children only). Contact Gabby on 0407997465.

Wednesday

NAIDOC celebration day at the Dharnya Centre, Barmah National Park from 10.30am to 3pm. A free lunch will be provided at 12.30pm. A bus will leave Njernda at 10am. Book through Njernda. There will also be a barbecue at Bunnings Echuca from 10am to 3pm. Contact Nadine on 0447757744.

Thursday

There will be an Elders and ABI lunch at the Uniting Church. Contact John on 0400288820.

Friday

Njernda is closed on Friday, but there will be lawn bowls from 10am to noon at City of Echuca Bowls Club and golf from 1pm to 4pm at the YMCA Back-9 golf course Echuca. Contact Norm on 0400863246.

Sunday

The community and family day is on from 10am to 3pm at the Baroona Healing Centre. Contact Joe on 0419585088.

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