City of Parramatta, Cultural Heritage and Tourism is proud to present a range of Aboriginal cultural activities to engage all ages and interests over spring.  From bush tucker to Aboriginal storytelling and games – there’s something for all comers.

 

Working with Darug elders we have recently developed Warami Mittigar, a Darug cultural walk along the Parramatta River and through beautiful Parramatta Park, showcasing the lesser known but ongoing Aboriginal heritage of this World Heritage listed landscape.

 

Sydneysider’s obsession with food will be catered to in our new bush tucker walk, along the banks of peaceful Hunts Creek.  No tastings will be included, but plenty of knowledge will be shared.

 

Families are also catered for with Aboriginal storytelling and games and an introduction to Darug culture.

 

Come and discover the rich Aboriginal Heritage in the heart of Greater Sydney.

 

Program and booking details below:

 

Warami Mittigar – Aboriginal Cultural Walk

Join a traditional custodian on this relaxed walk to learn how local Aboriginal clans survived and thrived in the Parramatta region.  Discover ongoing connections.

Detail: This easy walk, along the river and in beautiful Parramatta Park, is a wonderful opportunity to spend time on country with an Aboriginal traditional custodian, learning about connections to land, plant uses, tools, hunting and other aspects of local culture.

This tour is aimed at adults and families with primary school children, aged 7 years over.  The route is partly along unfenced waterways and shared pathways.  Carers must supervise any younger children in their care, who must be able to keep up with the pace of the group.

When:  10am-12pm, Saturday 8 September, Wednesday 10 October and Monday 12 November

Meet:  Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre (Wed 10 October and Monday 12 November)

Suitable for:  Adults, children 7 and up.

Cost: $5 per person

Booking:  Book activities through Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/warami-mittigar-aboriginal-cultural-walk-tickets-47342374316

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/warami-mittigar-aboriginal-cultural-walk-tickets-49371933783

 

Bush Tucker Walk

Learn about the variety of bush foods that enriched the Aboriginal diet on a relaxed bushwalk by a beautiful stream.

Detail:  On this relaxed walk along a beautiful stream you will be introduced to the variety of native plants which sustained the traditional Aboriginal custodians of this area, the Darug people.  Learn about the many food and medicinal plants that grow in your local bushland and discover some of the other resources provided by our beautiful trees and shrubs.

This program is aimed at adults and families with children over 7 years of age.  Parents or carers must supervise any younger children in their care.  Tracks may be slippery, rocky or muddy, and include a creek crossing.

When:  10am-12pm, Saturday 15 September (date TBC)

Meet:  Hunts Creek Reserve

Suitable for:  Adults, children 7 and up.

Cost: $5 per person

Booking:  Book activities through Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aboriginal-cultural-activity-bush-tucker-walk-tickets-47342904903

 

Aboriginal Cultural Activity – Introduction to Darug culture

Discover Aboriginal culture with Darug traditional owners – toolmaking, storytelling, song and plant uses.

Detail:  The Darug people are Parramatta’s first people and the traditional custodians of this land.  Parramatta’s name comes from their word “burramatta, meaning “the place of eels”.

This activity is a wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature with an Aboriginal traditional custodian, learning about plant uses, tools and local culture.  Listen to traditional songs and stories.  Maybe even develop your own bush skills, such as string making.

All ages will enjoy the learning circle and a short, easy bushwalk.  Carers must supervise any younger children in their care.

When:  10am-12pm, Thursday 4 October

Meet:  Edna Hunt Sanctuary

Suitable for:  Everyone

Cost: $5 per person

Booking:  Book activities through Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aboriginal-cultural-activity-tickets-47343697273

 

Aboriginal Games & Storytelling (a Get into Nature activity, Parramatta Bushcare)

During this engaging morning of tales and games both children and adults will discover Aboriginal culture through listening to stories, learning a traditional song and playing traditional games.

Detail:  This activity is a wonderful opportunity to spend some relaxing time in a bushland reserve with an Aboriginal elder of the Darug people.  The Darug are Parramatta’s first people and the traditional custodians of this land.  Parramatta’s name comes from their word “burramatta, meaning “the place of eels”.

During this engaging morning of tales and games both children and adults will discover Aboriginal culture through listening to stories, learning a traditional song and playing traditional games.  Check out the different types of boomerang, and maybe even try your hand at throwing one.

This activity is suitable for families with children aged 7 and up.  Parents and carers must supervise any younger children in their care.

When:  9am-11am, Saturday 1 December

Meet:  Third Settlement Reserve

Suitable for:  Adults, children 7 and up.

Cost: Free

Booking:  Book activities through Eventbrite.  Search exact activity title

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aboriginal-games-storytelling-registration-47287759963?aff=es2

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