Nunga Days engages the expertise of Aboriginal Elders, artists and cultural practitioners to teach and share cultural knowledge and experiences through creative workshops, delivered to schools, communities and Aboriginal young people.
Delivered over one or multiple days, the program initiates meaningful local connections, facilitates learning and a celebration of South Australian Aboriginal arts and culture for communities wanting to actively and authentically work towards key pillars of reconciliation – respect, relationships, and opportunities. For Aboriginal young people, Nunga Days offer opportunities for cultural mentoring by Aboriginal Elders and artists, tailored to their creative and cultural interests.
Nunga Days provides direct curriculum connection for schools by addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by the Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures and supports Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) initiatives, strategies and building of local connections.
Engaging multiple Nunga Days workshops over time is an affordable way for schools and communities to build upon their cultural commitment and education, embedding this as a priority and focus for relationships, perspectives and future direction, while celebrating the resilience, rich cultural heritage and important connection to Country for South Australia’s many diverse Aboriginal Nation Groups.
Caleena Sansbury and Janelle Egan running dance workshops at Elizabeth Grove Primary School in 2021 – photo by Jack Fenby
Boandik artists Sonya, Suzy and Sarah Smith, leading weaving and cultural workshops at Penola Primary School in 2021 – photo by With Love Photography
Kaurna artists Jay Milera, Kylie O’Loughlin, supported by Mali Isabel, Photo of class exhibition of students work at Elizabeth South in 2021 – photo by lala.photo