INDIGENOUS CULTURAL PROGRAMS

 

The South West region offers an exclusive opportunity to view some of Australia's most southern Aboriginal rock art, visit  old campsites with evidence of ancient occupation and learn about the traditional hunting and gathering practices of the regions Noongar people. 


The nearby towns of Kojonup and Yallingup have galleries or cultural centres which operate in conjunction with tours to give an in-depth insight into the regions Aboriginal people.  Learn about the Aboriginal history, language, culture, art and stories before heading out on tour to experience traditional hunting practices and sample bush tucker.  These experiences give a wonderful insight into the contemporary lives, traditions and history of the Noongar Aboriginal people.

 

Koomal Dreaming

 

Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming provides a hands on cultural learning experience for students at Wharncliffe Mill.  He provides an opportunity to experience Wardandi and Bibbulman country through the eyes of the Traditional Owners. Students will taste bush tucker, learn bush medicine, and meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of Wardandi and Bibbulman people since time began. 

 

Josh has a wealth of experience in the education sector having been an Aboriginal Liaison Office for the Department of Education for the past six years, prior to which he was a TAFE Lecturer training students in Workplace Readiness. Josh can tailor a program to suit your specific education requirements.  Program durations range from 1.5 hours up to two night programs and can cover the following subject areas:

  • Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum (APAC)
  • Cultural Awareness studies 
  • Cultural heritage society and environment
  • Identity sense of belonging
  • Culture ‘On Country’
  • Traditional language programs (LOTE)
  • Knowledge of local bush plants, animals and medicines
  • Traditional tool making and fire lighting techniques
  • Traditional song percussion and dance
  • Cave and artefacts 
  • Knowledge and didgeridoo experiences
  • Traditional art, rope making & shelter construction 
  • Bush survival skills and awareness

Wardan Aboriginal Centre

 

The Wardan Aboriginal Centre in Yallingup houses an interpretive centre with a number of hands on activities and timeline story walls. Displays include traditional Wardan clothing, artefacts and weapons. Their guided Bush Story Trail takes you on a one kilometre walk through bushland enhanced with bush tucker, medicine plants and traditional structures (Mia-Mia's).  They also offer Tool Making and Spear Throwing Workshops where you can learn to throw spears and boomerangs.  See www.wardan.com.au  for more details.

 

Kodja Place

 

The Kodja Place in Kojonup is a unique museum and cultural interpretive centre housed in an architecturally designed, purpose-built rammed earth building.  The centre features a range of interactive displays including artefacts, stories, exhibits and pictures along with a stunning rose maze.  All this has been built around the Kodja – the Noongar stone axe from which Kojonup and the centre draw their name. See www.kodjaplace.com.au for more details.

 

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Josh Whiteland teaches traditional fire lighting techniques
(image courtesy of Koomal Dreaming)

 

Jack teaches groups about Aboriginal culture
(image courtesy of Kodja Place)

 

 

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