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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.

Each of the three workshops provide a way for children in the early years to meet with Kaurna educators on Country to learn about the cultural practices, language, and the interconnected relationship of our First Nations people to the very land they are meeting on.

Incursions

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.

Family Events

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.

Professional Development

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.

Aunty Elaine Magias
Elaine Magias is an Elder in the Kaurna community. She has worked for the Department for Education for 9 years, supporting Aboriginal students and families, while providing important cultural information for school staff. Elaine was born on Kaurna land and has lived in many different lands ...
Anzac Lochowiak
My name is Anzac Lochowiak, I am 19 years old, was born in Alice Springs but moved to Adelaide when I was four. I then went with my family to Coober Pedy for a year before coming back to Adelaide when I was six for a better education at Rostrevor College. My family hails from 4 different ...
Drew Vincent Kilner
I am a Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri man from Aldinga beach where I love to fish, walk in the bush, and do anything that connects me to my Culture. I am continually broadening my involvement in Kaurna Cultural events, practices and new enterprises, and this has become the focus of my life. Some of the things I ...
Mihail Lochowiak
My name is Mihail Lochowiak, I was born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. My language groups are Kaurna (Adelaide), Ramindjeri (Coorong), Yankintjara (Pitjantiatjara lands) and Narungga (Point Pearce). Something that is very important to me are our Elders, in particular my grandmother who teaches ...
Liesl von der Borch
Liesl von der Borch is an early childhood educator passionate about place-based pedagogy and advocating for children’s awareness of the First Nations language group, history, and Culture of where they live. She regards this as crucial to the future of ‘truth telling’ and reconciliation. To this ...