Sista Speak 23 May 2017

Years 7, 8 and 9 Aboriginal girls participated in a ‘Reconnect with Peers, Country and Language’ day.

This involved a meet and greet, but most importantly the Acknowledgement of Country took place at our yarning circle where we all listened to Wuripuranii, the sun women, paying particular attention to the clapping sticks. We then made our own clapping sticks using hard wood that fell over the past few years’ storms and decorated them.

We talked about Dreamtime stories and looked at symbols and meanings. We talked about the importance of reviving our Indigenous languages and acknowledged the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Cooperative who have published Hunter River Lake Macquarie language for us to begin our journey.

It was an enjoyable day.

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Story contributed by Mrs Linda L'Green from Kurri Kurri High School. Story published in 2017.