Funding helps Wagga Wagga embrace Indigenous culture
An early learning centre in Wagga Wagga is teaching children the importance of First Australian culture. In December, children from Goodstart Wagga Wagga – Morgan Street were treated to a unique and authentic performance by the Malayaa Ashmont Aboriginal dance group.
The dance group’s special visit to the centre was made possible thanks to a $500 grant from Aboriginal Affairs through SmartyGrants.
Centre director Veronica Scott said inviting the group to perform was an opportunity to build awareness of Aboriginal culture within the centre and the community.
“Children had a wonderful time getting involved in the performance and were able to participate with Tara, Tashaun and Lachey by doing the actions of the emu and the kangaroo as they escaped the hunter to traditional music,” Ms Scott said.
“Throughout the remainder of the day the children explored the artefacts and dreaming stories followed by being supported in creative arts experiences. As part of the visit, the centre was presented with four Totem poles, representing the four age groups at the centre ready for erecting with the yard renovation which is planned for March this year.
“Part of Goodstart's vision for reconciliation is that we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as enduring, living cultures and we respect and value the cultural insights that we gain, through the establishment of strong links between Goodstart and the children, families and communities with whom we work,” Ms Scott said.
Goodstart Wagga Wagga – Morgan Street will continue to embrace their rich local Aboriginal culture by exploring more in depth the rich language, literature and expressive arts, as well as celebrating NAIDOC Week later this year.