On Tuesday the 28th July, each of the four art classes had a visit from a Kaurna elder, Uncle Tamaru. Uncle Tamaru spent the day teaching the students traditional Kaurna symbols used in Kaurna artwork. We learnt that Kaurna artwork is like ‘GoogleMaps’ with an aerial depiction of country and community; it doesn’t have dots like some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork has.
Under Uncle Tamaru’s guidance, we began our own artwork based on the Kaurna style which we will be working on throughout the term. Throughout the day, we also learnt new Kaurna words such as Ngaitalya, meaning ‘Respect’, and Gudna Wadli which means ‘Sitting in the shelter’ (AKA ‘toilet’!)
At the end of the day, Uncle Tamaru helped the Garden Club with the design of their Biodiversity Garden project, to incorporate Kaurna cultural elements like a ‘Ban Ban Balya’ (Meeting circle) and taught the group about the traditional uses of various native plants.
Uncle Tamaru knew how to make us dance, laugh and sing and had the whole school abuzz with Kaurna culture. We even got our faces painted with traditional ochre and got to play with a Parndo- a football made of possum fur!
Ngaytalia to Uncle Tamaru. We look forward to having him visit us again throughout the term and into the future.