NAIDOC Week runs from the 2 – 9 July under the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’.
Indigenous language plays an essential role in cultural identity and cultural revival, also linking people to their land and water. It expresses knowledge about law, geography, history, caring for country, family and so much more.
The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, the original languages of this nation, will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.
The Taungurung people were the first inhabitants of the Murrindindi area and locally within the Murrindindi Shire many place names are indigenous language words. The Taungurung word for Murrindindi is ‘Murrumdoorandi’ which means ’Place of mists, mountain’.
The Y Water Discovery Centre @ Yea Wetlands will be celebrating NAIDOC Week with a range of educational and fun activities for all ages.
Join Angela ten Buuren (Taungurung representative) on Sunday 2nd of July at 1pm for a ‘Walk in the Wetlands’. Angela will discuss the indigenous plants of the Yea Wetlands and their traditional uses. The walk will conclude with a ‘Taste of Taungurung’ afternoon tea at the Y Water Discovery Centre. There will also be a display of tools and baskets made from indigenous plants with their Taungurung names. For the kids there will be an Indigenous Wetlands Walk Trail Quiz and Sand Wizard Art on offer.
On Wednesday 5th July the Centre will host school holiday activities at 10am and 2pm. Join talented indigenous artist Cassie Leatham to create bush animals from natural materials found and collected in the Yea Wetlands.
Please book in advance for these activities.
To find out more about what’s on offer follow us on Facebook or call 5797 2663.