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Our ‘walking together’ began four years ago when Kaurna Elder Uncle Frank Wanganeen and early childhood educator Liesl von der Borch began collaborating to create meaningful experiences for children on Country. Since then, three separate workshop experiences have been developed and the team of presenters has grown and changed. Today four presenters bring their individual wisdom and lived experiences to the workshops as they honour their traditional cultural practices through sharing knowledge and building understanding amongst children.
Mukanthi, Kaurna for ‘play, celebrate’ is the name of the nature play space at Morialta Conservation Park.
This two-hour event includes workshops across three significant Kaurna sites in the CBD and is specifically designed to capture the interest of children and develop an understanding of the city as Kaurna land.
Wirraparinga (Brownhill Creek) is steeped in Kaurna history, Culture, and language yet this remains unacknowledged by most who visit.
In response to numerous enquiries about 'incursions' we have designed ways to present our workshop content to children 'in doors' or 'on site' rather than on Country. Although our preference is for the 'on Country' experience we understand this is not always possible and as the main objective of our work is to facilitate children's understanding and experience of what it means to be on Kaurna land, we have made this happen.
Our incursions are for children upwards of two years of age.
Incursions cover much of the same material as our other workshops. We focus on the karra tree (river red gum) and all it provides, the mirnu tree (golden wattle), animal skins, Kaurna
seasons and ochre. After the main Cultural input, 4 or 5 smaller groups rotate between Aboriginal children's games and the opportunity to look more closely at the artefacts with the presenter.
For early years learners we have songs, rhymes and stories incorporating Kaurna words.
In response to the level of interest in our recent family events we have decided to continue to offer these opportunities as either weekend/school holiday events. These workshops will be held on Country in line with our place-based, on Kaurna land approach.
Please express your interest by adding your email below. Up and coming events will be announced here on our website and on our Facebook page.
While the focus of our business is workshops for schools and kindergartens, we also run
professional development workshops.
We see our role is to raise community understanding of what it really means to be ‘on
Kaurna land’ by enabling people to experience the Culture, language, and history of their
local First Nation’s people through workshops on-Country.