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18 November 2018 

Aboriginal Workshops

Aboriginal Workshops

Multicultural Workshops Across Australia from a Variety of Different Cultural Performers

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Please note: Although Recycled Mats refers the following businesses and people for Cultural Workshops and Activities, Recycled Mats is in no way responsible for the delivery or content of these workshops and activities, nor do we receive any payment or commission for listing people on this page. It is with good faith and in good spirit that Recycled Mats lists fellow businesses that aim to help our children become culturally sensitive, supportive and respectful.  JJ Stranan, Director Recycled Mats.

Aboriginal Workshops with Mark Saddler, of Wiradjuri Nation

I collect and hand make didges, coolamons and do some art. I go to local schools and libraries to teach about our culture mainly around Wagga, NSW. I'm very active in my mob. I play my didges at Award nights, Art gallery openings and such.

I’m very passionate about my culture and our art.

I also just started a new FB page “Wiradjuri mob”. From here, I share a lot of artist work so we can all see who and what we are.

Contact: Mark Saddler marksad@live.com.au

Website: Bundyi Culture

Facebook: Wiradjuri mob

Koori Kinnections Aboriginal Cultural Workshops

Here at Koori Kinnections, we offer a range of educational tours and workshops on the northern side of Sydney.

From bush tucker-fusion cooking classes to school incursions, guided bushwalks, foods and resource talks, weaving workshops and much more!  Contact us for more information.

Contact: Jess - jessica_sinnott@hotmail.com

Website:  Koori Kinnections

De Greer Yindimincarlie of Wiradjuri Nation - Yindi Artz

De facilitates many varied workshops for facilitation in a school or to community group's. All workshops are able to be tailored to your needs and budget to enable delivery of a program / workshop that meets what you are after.  

Some of the workshops Yindi Artz delivers are:

GRATITUDE ROCK PAINTING  -  Gratitude is amazing.  This workshop educates participants about gratitude and how important it is to be grateful everyday.  Also a little information about Aboriginal symbols is given to the participants so they can pick a symbol for their rock. The participants paint their own gratitude rock to take home with them. Ages: 6 and up - Timeframe: 40 mins (minimum) to 2 hours

PAINT YOUR IDENTITY -  A fail safe formula is used to give participants the tools to design their own artworks that is a direct reflection of their identity, they do in essence paint who they are.  Quite intense in nature as participants think about facets of their lives such as identity, connection, culture and learning. Ages: 15 and up - Time frame: 4 - 5 hours (full day workshop)

AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS  -  Participants learn about Australian Animals and how they were used in Aboriginal culture.  This workshop also incorporates a colouring-in or painting activity depending on timeframe and age of participants. Ages: prep and up - Timeframe: 40 mins (minimum) to 2 hours

ABORIGINAL ART AND DESIGN -  Participants are educated about Aboriginal art, materials and mediums from the conception of Aboriginal art through to contemporary Aboriginal / Urban art and art forms.  Participants are given the opportunity to draw / paint their own piece of Aboriginal art on different mediums such as paper, canvas, boomerangs etc. Ages: 8 and up - Timeframe: 1 hour (minimum) to 3 hours

ABORIGINAL SYMBOLS  -  Participants are educated about Aboriginal symbols and how and why they were utilised in Aboriginal culture.  This workshop also incorporates a colouring-in or painting activity depending on timeframe and age of participants. Also incorporating games such as ‘Hunt’ and ‘Emu Run’. Ages: prep and up - Timeframe: 40 mins (minimum) to 2 hours

ABORIGINAL TOOLS  -  Participants learn about Aboriginal tools and materials, and how and why they were utilised in Aboriginal culture and lifestyle.  This workshop also incorporates examples of the tools and an opportunity for participants to see and touch the tools as well. Can also include a colouring-in or painting activity depending on timeframe and age of participants.  Ages: prep and up - Timeframe: 40 mins (minimum) to 2 hours

Contact: To find out more on De's workshops, visit her Yindi Artz website

Tania Thomas – Dirrabou Consultancy

Tania is Kamilaroi woman, primary school teacher and cultural consultant.

She works with Early Years educators and teachers (P-12) to help them to respectfully embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the curriculum and in their practices. Tania can work with whole school/service, curriculum leaders, specific subject area teachers and/or ‘all-rounders/generalists’.

  • Need support with embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the curriculum?
  • Afraid to do or say the wrong thing?
  • Have some resources but not sure if the way you are using them is appropriate?
  • Have some ideas but want to check them with an Indigenous person?
  • Need links to community members and other resources?

Tania can support you with linking resources and activities to the QKLG, EYLF and the Australian Curriculum Versions 7 and/or 8.1.

Contact:  Tania Thomas – 0428 452 776

Email: dirrabouconsultancy@gmail.com

Website: www.dirrabouconsultancy.com

Lucas Proudfoot from Circular Rhythm

Circular Rhythm is Accredited by Education Queensland  P-7 and BLUE CARD registered Curriculum Connections.

This program could be an exciting component to your school's SOSE and Performing Arts program, Indigenous Studies has proven to be a popular option for NAIDOC Week celebrations

Circular Rhythum has developed contemporary musical performances with dance and culture representing his own Indigenous background which he performs in schools across Australia and beyond. Lucas has a lovely ability to encourage participation and learning with his young audiences. 

Website: Circular Rhythm

Mereki Aboriginal Workshops and Cultural Learning Experiences

"Mereki, from The Kangaroo Club offers an Indigenous cultural learning experience especially designed for pre-school and primary school children, through performance, hands on arts and crafts, story telling and singing and dance. Entertaining, fun and educational, Mereki weaves the timelessness and beauty of traditional Aboriginal Culture into a contemporary, magical learning experience. Children are encouraged to learn through participation and discussion. 

Sessions begin with a song and cultural time where the children are shown traditional artifacts and learn how and why they are used in everyday traditional life"

Contact: To contact Mereki in the Nth NSW region, please call 02 6624 6508

Email: mereki@thekangarooclub.com

Pass Australia Indigenous Cultural Workshops

Website: Pass Australia

Yarramundi Kids

The Yarramundi Kids have toured all around Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. They have performed live in schools and communities.

Update: Read this tribute to Aunty Chris Burke. (Creator of Yarrumundi Kids)

Goombuckar Cultural Awareness Training

Goombuckar Creations is a locally Sunshine Coast owned & Family operated business providing and promoting a hands on cultural experience for all.

With some of the country’s oldest traditions and a national interactive website, we aim to provide you with the most recent and relevant was of learning about one of our country’s oldest culture.

Goombuckar have also recently launched a 34 seater cultural bus that comes to YOU!

This 34 seater bus is converted into a mobile Indigenous learning Platform, a living history and story telling experience that students will enjoy coming aboard and learning about local Indigenous places, people and culture.

Looking for a Traditional Indigenous or Contemporary Experience? Visit the website, click on the links that suit and start your adventure today.

Phone: Kerry or Sarah on 0754468226

Website: Goombuckar.

Larry Brandy Aboriginal Workshops

I run storytelling workshops for children of all ages, where I introduce children and students to Wiradjuri (Aboriginal culture).

I have performed in museums, libraries and schools and am passionate about my culture. Children enjoy becoming kangaroos and emus and learning how we hunted in traditional times.

Sessions run for approximately 40 minutes. I can also add activities such as painting emu callers or clap sticks.

I am based in Canberra but regularly travel to NSW. 

For more information, visit his website.

Contact: Facebook

Tjupurru Professional Didgeridoo and Didjeribone player

Tjupurru tours extensively every year to play at festivals, events and schools across Australia.

If you’d like Tjupurru to come and do a performance at your school or event, visit the website for more details!

Website: Didjeribone

Balaangala Education Program, Brisbane

Balaangala coordinates education workshops alongside presenters with appropriate cultural knowledge and experience.

Contact: balaangalathegap@gmail.com

Murra Murra Cultural Workshops

Murra Murra Weaving are in big demand across Sydney and further afield with esteemed clients.

Weaving Workshops have been hosted at diverse events including :

  • The Sydney Opera House - Message Sticks, Indigenous Arts & Cultural Festival
  • Sydney Harbour Foreshore, Discovery Museum, Indigenous Artists Residency
  • National Centre for Indigenous Excellence - Facilitation of Traditional Weaving Workshop with Local Redfern Indigenous Elders group
  • Sydney University - Post Graduate Studies
  • National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander week of Indigenous Cultural Celebrations Event

Contact: Nadeena Dixon on 0410791781

Website: Murramurra

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