Teacher Professional Development Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Program

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Wandana provides Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level. Our unique program is an immersive cultural learning experience for all Teachers K-12.

Wandana is Australia’s leading Aboriginal education and entertainment company that preserves and promotes Australian Aboriginal culture. We offer a range of Aboriginal education and entertainment programs that educate, entertain and inspire. Completing our Wandana Online Program will contribute up to 5hrs of Elective Teacher Professional Development, addressing 2.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Teachers will gain an insight into traditional Aboriginal art symbols, their meanings and stories and how they were used in different types of Aboriginal paintings including the materials used.

Introduction and welcome

The session starts with an Acknowledgement of Country followed by a traditional paint up using ochre paint.

This is followed by a Smoking Ceremony including the sounds of the Yidaki and clap sticks, as well a cleansing song.

Next you will learn insightful cultural information about Aboriginal History, culture, connection to country, spirituality as well as important significant cultural dates. This is important to create a foundation of basic cultural knowledge from which we move into further content.

Next you will learn the history of Aboriginal art, symbols, their meanings and how they have come about. You will learn all the different forms of Aboriginal art and how teaching is expressed through art.

Finally, you will gain an insight into the world’s oldest instrument. The Yidaki. You will learn about its origin, its importance in culture, the various forms of artwork, the traditional process in making a yidaki and information regarding circular breathing to play the yidaki.

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL IMMERSION LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Welcome to Country v’s Acknowledgement to Country – what is the difference and why this is important.
  • What is ochre paint, why this is worn and when it is worn. The significance of the design on the face and body.
  • Aboriginal body painting symbolism and meaning.
  • Significant dates including Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
  • The role of Elders in keeping traditions alive through generations.
  • Overview of the Yidaki, its creation, decoration and playing.
  • How the different lands have different traditions and why.
  • The background of iconic Aboriginal symbols and what they represent.
  • The different styles of Aboriginal painting, how they are done and why.
  • A deeper understanding of Aboriginal Culture, history and art and the knowledge to take this back into their classrooms.