Early but no less special

Aboriginal Art Directory | 24.06.10

Norville State School may have been celebrating NAIDOC Week early but the importance of the event has not been lost on the students.

For the past two days students have been rotating through three activities which teach them about Indigenous culture — making a mural, learning a traditional dance and hearing dreamtime stories.

Traditional dancer Ché Walker taught the students the merrijimpah dance, more commonly known as the sea eagle dance.

“It’s really important to let all different cultures share what they are about with each other so they can all live on,” he said.

Indigenous issues will continue to be at the forefront of the region’s mind tomorrow with an Indigenous Sexual Health Expo at the Bundaberg PCYC from 11am to 2.30pm.

Bundaberg Community Health program manager Patrick Martin said the expo aimed to increase awareness of sexually transmitted infections in Indigenous youths aged between 14 and 18.

“A recurrent theme amongst young people who present for treatment is that their partner looked clean,” he said.

Indigenous art is set to be celebrated on Friday with the first Yoorellgoo Bundaberg Aboriginal Art Festival starting at Wandiny HACC, QRI Hall on Maclean Street.

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