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Dreaming Story Arts project is connecting Riverland children to family and culture


Ngurunderi Dreaming - tell your story in art. Story told by Shane Karpany with Daniel Giles.

Local Renmark artists are engaging with children and families from the Riverland to celebrate the Dreaming Story of Ngurunderi and the creation of the River Murray in a series of arts and storytelling workshops.

The project is coordinated by the local DHS Community Development Coordinator (CDC) andwill build cultural knowledge and creativity while fostering positive relationships between children and their parents or carers.

Parents, carers, children and young adults will learn together about Ngurunderi, one of the great ancestral Dreaming 'heroes' of the Ngarrindjeri people, and then be guided to express their own artistic impression of the story.

The theme of the project compliments the Illuminate Festival held in Renmark in June this year,
where local Aboriginal artist Shane Karpany narrated a visual art display depicting Ngurunderi.

Shane will be joined by fellow local Aboriginal Artist Daniel Giles, to facilitate storytelling sessions and art workshops with the Riverland community.

The first workshops ran in September with pre-school children with great success. The next workshops invites primary and high school students to get involved in one of two sessions being held at Renmark Children’s Centre on Wednesday 5 October:

  • First session – 11 am to 1 pm, or
  • Second session – 2 pm to 4 pm.

The workshops will use multiple mediums – performance, drawing, storytelling, music and movement to capture ideas, start conversations and tell the stories.

Shane and Daniel Giles have recently completed the repainting of the Berri Bridge mural and Daniel is successfully engaging young Aboriginal local people with the Sunday Riverland Youth Theatre ‘Pondi Aboriginal Youth Connections’. Both Shane and Dan work in Aboriginal cultural engagement roles with the Department for Education.

Contact Caroly to enquire about attending a workshop, email
or phone 0436 482 287.

Page last updated : 23 Sep 2022

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