Streaky Bay Area School students and the Streaky Bay Children’s Centre recently participated in a series of ‘Caring for Country’ workshops facilitated by Warna-Manda Aboriginal Women’s Corporation.
The cultural, classroom and outdoor workshops were supported by Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula.
Primary school students were led by Wirangu Elders Veda Betts and Della Sansbury on excursion to Perlubie Beach, Eyre’s Waterhole and Smooth Pool.
Natural Resource officer Libby Hunt said students were enraptured by the Elders’ stories.
“Students from the Children’s Centre learnt about the Wirangu people’s connection to Country at Sheoaks Beach,” she said.
Students created collages, clay models and mobiles from natural materials to depict what the landscape and life may have been like for the Wirangu Aboriginal ancestors.
Warna-Manda Women's Aboriginal Corporation cultural instructor Susie Betts said the workshops promoted connections.
"It is important for all children to understand and learn Aboriginal people's survival and connection to ‘Warna’ (Sea) and ‘Manda’ (Earth), but most importantly their very own connection and the interconnectedness to Mother Nature,” she said.
Children’s Centre managing director Wendy Carcuro said Warna-Manda was a fantastic opportunity for children to learn.
“It’s about respecting diversity and building a sense of belonging with people, country and community,” she said.
To conclude the event students assisted the Elders to make ‘Fry Mai’, a flat bread, and watched it being traditionally cooked over hot coals.
Lashings of butter, jam and vegemite ensured this treat was enjoyed by all.