Songlines: Shared Stories of our Landscape
Rouse Hill House & Farm stands on Darug land, home to Aboriginal people for thousands of years, and the Songlines program connects visitors to Darug culture with a day of shared storytelling through dance, art and craft.
Celebrations will commence with traditional ceremonies including a smoking ceremony and flag-raising with Darug elder Uncle Wes and a Welcome to Country with Aunty Edna ‘Mariong’ Watson.
Afterwards visitors can experience the long connection that Aboriginal people have with the land through a special performance by the female Djaadjawan Dancers, who will share their traditional and cultural knowledge through dance.
Try your hand at throwing a boomerang as you learn about this ancient tool and its use in Darug culture, discover the language of Aboriginal painting with the Muru Mittigar culture team and create your own stone art, or join a workshop to weave a turtle with Galamban as you learn about the totem of the Boorooberongal clan of the Darug - the Kutukulung (longneck turtle) and Bado (freshwater turtle).
Learn about aboriginal spear technologies from the local area with a hands-on workshop with Dean Kelly and meet a koala from Featherdale Wildlife Park and learn about the significance and connection of native animals to the local landscape.
Bring a picnic and enjoy a coffee from the Koffee Klan with your Wattleseed scones from the Tea Rooms. From midday visitors can also explore the property’s historic Schoolhouse and see inside the remarkable Rouse Hill homestead on guided tours.
Songlines: Shared Stories of our Landscape is a NAIDOC Week event presented by Sydney Living Museums in partnership with the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal and Cultural Education Centre.
Event: Songlines: Shared Stories of our Landscape
When: Saturday 9 July, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Where: Rouse Hill House & Farm, 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Cost: Free entry, no bookings required, registration required for workshops
Information: Visit slm.is/naidoc is more details.