Wednesday, 12 April 2017
ECU South West campus and AIME combined forces to attend the Undalup Djeran Youth event held in conjunction with the South West Youth Festival at the Busselton Skate park held on Saturday 8th April. Dr Gus Henderson and the AIME mentors including Zoe Walker attended and promoted ECU and the fantastic work of AIME.
A Cultural Dance workshop was led by the Undalup Youth leader, Baron Kelly from the Manjar Maamun Nymbi Theatre group.
Manager of the Manjar Maamun Nymbi Theatre group, Franklin Nannup said “this event is a great opportunity for all the dancers to work together with the Undalup Association in promoting the Drug aware message at the Youth Festival, as the young men are stepping up as the new generation of Cultural Custodians, as we continue to perform our dances, we learn our songlines, our lore and the special places in Noongar Boodja where we come from that gives us our cultural connections to our country. The dancing keeps our mind strong as by thinking and remembering the stories and dance we perform at events, it gives us all that good feeling of knowing who we are, where we come from and our contribution to society.”
The Undalup Djeran Youth event held a Cultural Activities Marquee with Wooden Boomerangs and animals that are significant to the area were painted with sand art projects and tapping sticks that were used during the Cultural Dance performances.
Djeran is the upcoming Noongar season for the months of April and May, where the cooler weather begins, with many native fruits beginning to appear, drawing the many variety of birds to the plants. It is also the time for the salmon to run along our coastline and many of us will be fishing to catch a feed over the following weeks while they run
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