NAIDOC Week 2017: Didgeridoo and Indigenous Storytelling

Didgeridoo and Indigenous Storytelling

Tuesday 4 July – Creswick Hub, 3pm

Friday 7 July – Trentham Library, 3pm

Primary aged children are invited to join us at Creswick and Trentham for a special presentation by Aboriginal Cultural educator, Ron Murray. Ron interweaves Aboriginal Dreamtime stories into his presentations (Ron is a much loved Aboriginal storyteller) keeping alive the Dreaming stories of South Eastern Aboriginal Australia.

Topics Ron will cover include:

  • Indigenous people in South Eastern Australia
  • Aboriginal culture, stories and music
  • Indigenous connection to sacred places and the environment – sharing of his artefact collection

Information on the sessions:

  • Ron’s primary age workshops fall under the banner of ‘Aboriginal Culture, Didgeridoo and Storytelling’.  Ron uses an interactive approach with the children to let them experience Aboriginal culture, with a focus in the session on music and storytelling.
  • As a didgeridoo musician, Ron begins each session by playing didgeridoo as a traditional welcome, and then talks about how he makes his didgeridoos and gives a demonstration on how to make the animal sounds and circular breathe.
  • He brings with him his Artefact collection that contains many special objects which he allows the children to touch, such as his 100 year old kangaroo rug (a family heirloom passed down from his mother’s people) stone tools, coolomons and shields.

Ron Murray is a Wamba Wamba man (Swan Hill area) living at Yapeen, near Castlemaine, in central Victoria on Jaara country. Yapeen in the local Jaara language means ‘corroborree ground’.  Ron is a cultural educator, storyteller, musician, didgeridoo maker and wood sculptor.  He has made beautiful art pieces for Muhammad Ali, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sir Bob Geldof, American composer Philip Glass, and Harlem Dance Company, to name a few.

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