Join the free family friendly day celebrating NAIDOC: Because of her, we can! at Rouse Hill House & Farm on Darug country, home to Darug peoples for thousands of years. The day’s program connects visitors to local culture through storytelling, song, dance, art and music.
Celebrations begin at 10am with a traditional Welcome to Country, flag raising and smoking ceremony led by Darug women, Leanne Watson and Rhiannon Wright.
Visitors can experience the Aboriginal people’s long connection with the land through song and dance with Nulungu Dreaming and acclaimed singer and poet, Gumaroy Newman.
Get up close to native Australian animals with the Get Wild’s animal display and talks or create your own Message Stone using traditional paint techniques taught by Darug artist, Leanne Watson.
Try your hand at throwing a boomerang as you learn about this ancient tool and its use in Aboriginal culture or drop into the workshop and paint your own boomerang using traditional colours and techniques with Muru Mittigar’s cultural team.
Learn to speak some words in Darug in the language cultural workshop in the 1888 schoolhouse, stroll through the market stalls and enjoy some terrific food from Mad Mob bbq cook-up and single origin tea and coffee from the Darcy St Project.
In keeping with the theme of the day, come and experience the historic Rouse Hill House from a woman’s perspective through a 30 minute guided tour.
We acknowledge the First Nations Peoples, the Darug peoples, the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to the Elders, past and present.