NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.
Cultural Infusion provides the full spectrum of Aboriginal educational incursions Australia wide, especially during NAIDOC week. Our NAIDOC program includes Aboriginal Culture for a Day (in Victoria, the program is called Aboriginal for a Day as requested by the Elder who conducts them). We can also organize a 50-minute Indigenous Infusion program of your choice: storytelling, dance, and symbolic art. Our pre-primary, Kinder Dreaming indigenous programs are 30 minutes and specifically targeted to the age group. It is a wonderful introduction to indigenous culture, particularly for the many children who have little or no contact with Aboriginal culture.
Our NAIDOC program can be a whole school event, or targeted to specific year levels, celebrating and led by indigenous elders who have been working in schools for up to 20 years. NAIDOC week allows us to focus on our Aboriginal cultural heritage, yet we have year-round programs for schools that focus on all things indigenous.
Many teachers are unsure as to how to teach indigenous studies, Cultural Infusion’s programs give an essential understanding of our First Peoples and how they lived and celebrated life and the environment from pre-primary to Year 12. For Aboriginal Culture for a Day, Cultural Infusion staff will tailor a timetable to your school’s bell times and work with the school’s needs. The full-day program is an experience that will not be forgotten by the students for years to come and will enhance students’ understanding of indigenous culture and the contribution our First People offer to all of us – through music, art, storytelling, and understanding Australia’s natural environment.
Aboriginal for a Day with Western Creation is an all-day program of rotating sessions on dance, visual art and storytelling before coming together for a final performance and celebration. Noongar Elders Big Al and Leonie along with their son’s Pancakes (Tristan) and Aza (Azlan) present this highly engaging and interactive program that has visited schools around the country for over ten years.
You can choose to book ‘Aboriginal for a Day with Western Creation’ program which will end in a whole school celebration and artwork viewing on the fifth day. The Aboriginal for a Day program will be quoted at a 20% discount.
In this artist-in-residence program, Leonie Harris of Western Creation will work with the entire school community to create a series of original murals co-designed by the students and based on symbols traditionally found in Aboriginal visual arts. Students will have a session of ‘Indigenous Storytelling through Art’ to learn the symbols and how they combine to tell a visual story which they will use to each create an original drawing.
Guided by Leonie, the classes will each develop a design and choose a space for their mural. At the end of the week, the whole school will have a celebratory presentation of the finished artwork.
Western Creations are Noongar people of the Bibbulmun clan in Western Australia and have travelled to Australia and the world promoting reconciliation and educating people about the cultures and history of Australia’s First Peoples. Led by Big Al, Western Creation aims to open the eyes of students through storytelling, truth-telling, dance, visual art and history.
Elder and culture worker Gene Blow has over 20 years’ experience sharing and teaching about his Aboriginal heritage. He demonstrates the didgeridoo and explains its origin and true name. He tells stories of the Dreaming and teaches sit-down dances which illustrate how stories are told through movement and introduce symbols found in Aboriginal visual art.
In this popular program students and educators will learn to draw traditional symbols found in Aboriginal artworks from different cultures around the country.
Using symbols for child, woman, man, numerous animals and features of the land as well as paths and footsteps connecting them, they will demonstrate how they can be combined to tell a visual story and guide students to create to draw their own stories and get to share them with the group.