Songlines: NAIDOC Week 2017 at Rouse Hill House & Farm


The Djaadajwan Dancers perform at the Songlines' celebration 2014
The Djaadajwan Dancers perform at the Songlines' celebration 2014. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
Sydney Living Museums joins Muru Mittigar Aboriginal and Cultural Education Centre to celebrate NAIDOC Week with Songlines: Our languages matter, a free community event at Rouse Hill House & Farm on Sunday 9 July, 10am – 4pm.

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, flora and fauna.

Celebrations begin at 10.15am with traditional ceremonies including a Smoking Ceremony by Darug elder, Uncle Wes Marne, the raising of the flag and a Welcome to Country by Uncle Greg Simms.

Visitors can experience the Aboriginal people’s long connection with the land through a special performance by Indigenous Connections, children’s dance troupe choreographed by Muru Mittigar’s cultural education officer, David Haroa and the Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir along with contemporary song and acoustic music by young, local Indigenous performers throughout the day.

Try your hand at throwing a boomerang as you learn about this ancient tool and its use in Darug culture, paint your own boomerang or create a shared story canvas using traditional colours and techniques with Muru Mittigar cultural team.

Join an experienced native bird spotter as you walk through the grounds learning how to promote native birdlife in your neighbourhood and speak with the Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife rescue charity group about the significance of native animals in kinship, relations and obligations to Country.

Unique to this year’s Songlines event is a language cultural workshop where guests can find out why languages matter and learn some words in Darug.

Bring a picnic or enjoy a BBQ lunch and sweet treats in the Muru Mittigar Cultural Centre or contribute to the Mad Mob Elders group by buying a sausage from the fundraising sausage sizzle. 

Songlines: Our languages matter is a NAIDOC Week event presented by Sydney Living Museums in partnership with the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal and Cultural Education Centre.

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Emma Heath
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