Since 2016, the Creative Catchment Kids program has been working with schools across the Murray-Riverina region to develop and showcase stories about traditional Aboriginal culture and the people who hold that cultural knowledge.

As well as these stories, Petaurus has developed a range of videos about traditional culture from the mountains in Tumbarumba to outback NSW and Lake Victoria in southwest NSW.

Recently, they have combined these two methods of storytelling to share the journey of Aunty Fay, a Wiradjuri Elder from Wagga Wagga, from childhood through to today. You can read about and watch her inspirational journey below.

[Featured artwork (above) by David Dunn]

 

Aunty Fay: An Inspirational Journey

Four students from Ashmont Public School in Wagga Wagga, NSW, met and had a yarn to Aunty Fay Clayton Moseley, Wiradjuri Elder. Aunty Fay is the inspiration for their school’s celebration of NAIDOC Week in 2018, as the theme was ‘Because of Her, We Can’. You can download a PDF copy of the book to read about Aunty Fay and the student’s reflections of interviewing such an inspirational woman.

In addition to the book, Petaurus Education Group prepared two videos of Aunty Fay sharing her personal story. The short version (approx. 8 mins) highlights the key moments in Aunty Fay’s life, while the extended version (approx. 19 mins) provides further footage about growing up as a child of the Stolen Generations.

This project was generously funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and the Department of Education.

Book Cover - Aunty Fay An Inspirational Journey

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The Life and Lessons of Uncle Roy Kennedy

Uncle Roy Kennedy is a proud Elder of the Ngiyampaa people. The Ngiyampaa people are known as ‘Dry Land People’. Uncle Roy is an inspirational man.

In a fitting tribute to a man loved and respected in his community, this book was written by 10 Hay Public School students as part of the Creative Catchment Kids program. The book was launched on 6 November 2018.

Included in the book are the lyrics of ’The Old Wilga Tree’, a song Uncle Roy wrote in memory of the fun times he spent at the ‘common’ on the outskirts of Ivanhoe where the family lived when they left Marfield Station.

A highlight of the book launch at Hay Public School was a video recording of Uncle Roy singing this song, which he ended with a good dose of yodelling to great applause.

He is proud of his cultural heritage and believes he has had a wonderful life. His lessons about life include; love our family no matter what, be a caring individual, respect our teachers, care for our country.

Book Cover - The Life and Lessons of Uncle Roy Kennedy

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