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A celebration of Indigenous culture

- June 25, 2012

Children at The Infants' Home enjoy a performance of song, dance and stories to mark NAIDOC Week.

Rayma Johnson performs a dance for children at The Infants' Home.


Peta Strachan and Rayma Johnson from the Jannawi Dance Theatre gave a performance for children at The Infants’ Home to celebrate indigenous culture.

Jannawi means With Me, With You in the Dharug language.

The Jannawi duo show the children a traditional Aboriginal dance. 


The performance was part of NAIDOC Week, when events are held around Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

  

(L) Peta and Rayma show children the Aboriginal flag and (R) tell a story from their rich culture.
 

Peta and Rayma are former dancers with the famous Bangarra Dance Theatre. They have both travelled all over the world performing in Aboriginal dance companies.

Children listen carefully to a story about a magpie that collects wild honey from bees.

 

Children put into practice some of the new Aboriginal dance moves they have just learnt. 


Peta was part of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Rayma performed in the opening ceremony for the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

On their visit to The Infants’ Home they used dance, music and words to tell stories about indigenous Australians. Peta and Rayma invited the children to join in. They didn't need to be asked twice.

  

Peta applies some special ochre paint to the children.


Ochre is a crumbly rock coloured by iron oxide. It was the most important painting material used by Aboriginal people. Ochre comes in a variety of colours, from pale yellow to dark reddish-brown.

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