2012 Festival Program
October 16th through to November 15th

October 16th Windradyne Wiradjuri Warrior
Windradyne was a Wiradjuri Warrior and this story describes the encounter with the first white explorers who entered his country from over the Blue Mountains. This story will challenge your understanding of Colonial History as the early explorers who found their way over the Blue Mountains from Sydney into the Bathurst Region. In this VC, Hear the account from the Aboriginal perspective as told by Uncle Bob Glanville from Cootamundra. Hosted by EA Southee Public School.

October 18th Wiradjuri Choir
Tumbarumba Public School Student Choir will open the event singing the National Anthem in Wiradjuri. This will be followed by a presentation of Culture by Aunty Gail Clarke from Narrandera. The student the present their term's work on Aboriginal heroes finishing with the singing of the song 'From Little Things Big Things Grow by the students..

October 23rd Wiradjuri Art
Aboriginal Discovery Rangers from the Tumut National Parks centre have been working with the students at Batlow Technical School to create Totem poles in the school Indigenous Garden. Bring along your art supplies and ljin in this art workshop where the Discovery Rangers will teach students the art of painting.

October 25th Enngonia Cultural Perspective
Elders and students share their special culture from the small school Enngonia Public School in the Western Region.

November 13th Gunyas Experience the life of traditional Wiradjuri people as recreated by the students from the Mount Austin High School MAKET team at the Riverina Environmental Education Centre. The MAKET students will present a session of culture including traditional song, dance, didg as well as presenting the gunyas they have assisted in building out in the bush at the Riverina Environmental Education Centre. This session beamed live around the world to NSW, Alaska and Korea using the outdoor satellite video conferencing equipment and expertise supplied by the DEC Distance and Rural Technology Team from Dubbo led by David Foley, will include questions fielded using a secure back channel facility. Registrations to date .

November 15th Ulmarra Doonguun traditional story
Doonguun (means the giant serpent). Doonguun created the Aboriginal People of the Clarence - the Yaegl, Gumbayngirr and Bundjalung tribes. In this video conference Uncle Ron will tell the Doonguun story. Following Uncle Ron's presentation, the students from Ulmarra Public School will present their animation retelling of the Doonguun story.

Bundian Way
In this video conference students will present their google earth map following the Bundian Way trails that lead up to the Australian Alps Bogong Moth Ceremony. Each year, large numbers of Aboriginal people would make their way to the high country to feast on the moths, as well as gather for large ceremonies. Trading routes and Aboriginal pathways were formed over generations as Aboriginal groups from along the coast and the western plains came together. Students from other areas will be invited to add to the map in createing a collaborative map of significant Indigenous history.
Host school: Towomba PS
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