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Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival

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The Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival 
26 May - 3 June 2017

Pronounced “noworring nict”, this Wadawurrung phrase means “learning together”.

During Reconciliation Week 2017, The Sovereign Hill Museums Association, in partnership with Wadawurrung (the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation), is presenting an exciting week of activities designed to deepen your understanding of our shared history and living Wadawurrung culture.

Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival Program


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Wadawurrung Dance Education Sessions for Foundation to Year 12 students 

Friday 26 May - Friday 2 June
Sessions run for 1 hour
The Sovereign Hill Education Service is working with Education Officers from the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation to deliver Victorian Curriculum-linked Dance education sessions for schools visiting the outdoor museum. These sessions will include learning traditional Wadawurrung dances on a Corroboree sand stage, ochre face painting, and an introduction to Wadawurrung language and culture.
Cost $5 per student in addition to the student entry fee of $21.90
(Sovereign Hill Affiliated Schools receive free entry)

To avoid disappointment, book your excursion dates now with one of our friendly Bookings Officers on
(03) 5337 1188 or schoolbookings@sovereignhill.com.au

Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture

Friday 26 May (National Sorry Day)
5.15 pm - 7.00 pm

On National Sorry Day, Sovereign Hill will host prominent local academic Dr. Janice Newton, author of Mullawallah: The Last King Billy of Ballarat, to present the Gnarrwirring Ngitj Lecture in the outdoor museum’s Victoria Theatre.
Tickets are FREE, but must be booked to reserve a seat at this popular event.
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Aboriginal Experiences of the Gold Rush Tour

Free everyday throughout the festival
Tour Sovereign Hill with one of our experienced guides to learn about Aboriginal experiences of the Victorian gold rushes. All visitors have the opportunity to join a free tour.
School groups must book in advance on (03) 5337 1188 or schoolbookings@sovereignhill.com.au

Narmbool Walk: Learning history and living culture on Wadawurrung Country

Sunday 28 May
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Come for a guided tour of our historic pastoral property Narmbool, situated just 30 minutes from Ballarat, to learn about some exciting new archaeological finds which deepen our understanding of Wadawurrung land use, cultural practices and economy. Learn about the pre-contact history of this beautiful part of Victoria during a 2-3kms walk passed landscape features, bush foods and medicines used by the Wadawurrung people for thousands of years. Tickets: Adult $30, Child/Concession $20.
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We’re All Custodians: Teaching Aboriginal History and Living Culture

Tuesday 30 May
4.15 pm - 6.15 pm

Do you feel confident to teach the cross-curriculum priority “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures”? Join us at Sovereign Hill to take part in this special professional learning
opportunity suitable for both primary and secondary teachers. Gain insights from local
elders, academics and the Sovereign Hill Education Team on how to most effectively
and respectfully teach this area of the curriculum across History, English, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. Afternoon tea will be provided. Ticket: $40
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Wadawurrung GoldBar @ The Gold Museum

Thursday 1 June
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Experience the Gold Museum at night and learn about the history and living culture of Ballarat’s traditional owners, the Wadawurrung people. Enjoy some native nibbles and cocktails while hearing from elders and experts, get hands-on with short workshops, and try on a beautiful possum-skin cloak. Gold Museum curators will also take visitors behind-the scenes to get up close with our rarely seen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections. Tickets $40.
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Wadawurrung Corroboree

Saturday 3 June
5.15 pm - 7.00 pm

A special performance of traditional Wadawurrung dance and song will be performed by firelight at Sovereign Hill on Saturday 3 June. Food with a bush twist will be available for purchase, and while there are seats available, attendees are advised to bring a picnic blanket. This event is not to be missed!
Tickets: Adults $25, Children [under 12] $15, Concession [student, pensioner etc.) $20
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