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Students learn about Indigenous culture

Tuesday, 28 May, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne hosted 215 grade 3/4 students as well as 25 teachers and parents, to a special whole day Indigenous program. Trevor Gallagher, one of the Royal Botanic Gardens' Aboriginal Programs Officers, began the day by welcoming the students to the traditional country of the Boon Wurrung people with a smoking ceremony or Tanderrum.

Students were immersed in activities which included a cultural talk looking at Aboriginal tools, creating art by grinding and painting with ochre, preparing and tasting bush foods, dancing and using clap sticks, string making, a discovery walk looking at how our Indigneous people used plants for food, medicine and fibre and a tour of the new areas in the Australian Garden.

The children from St Joseph’s primary school in Springvale were engaged in the hands on activities and asked many interesting questions.