Banyip Kidjeka (brother~sister) will take you on a unique journey through Australia’s untold history. Beginning with a musical tribute, Eva Jo and Kutcha go on to relate their experiences as members of The Stolen Generations, and reveal where their lives have taken them from there.
Interaction with participants is a vital component of the workshop. Encouraging two way conversation and participation, the workshop aims to enlighten and educate in the spirit of reconciliation with a view to enhancing a more positive understanding and appreciation of Australia’s indigenous people.
Aged 18 months and 5 years respectively, Kutcha and Eva Jo were taken from their families and both spent many years in institutions and foster care before being reunited with their own people.
Today Eva Jo is involved in Aboriginal cultural activities, including performing with the Birri-on Lakidjeka Dance Group, and is also an educator and working mother of seven. Eva Jo’s was also a driving force being the Koori Night Markets, has worked in justice and is currently with Connecting Home, an organisation that attempts to reunite members of the Stolen Generations with their relatives and also provides other assistance.
Kutcha is lead vocalist and songwriter with his own band, The Kutcha Edwards Band, who have enjoyed considerable success both here and overseas. Kutcha has received several significant awards and recently released his second cd ‘Hope’. He has a long history as a youth worker/mentor at Koori Open Door Education School in Glenroy, as a tutor in St Kilda, is a devoted father and hosts his own show on 3CR Community Radio.
The 1 hour or 90 minute sessions are designed to cater to client requirements and are suitable for middle to upper Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Tertiary institutions, Libraries and Corporate entities. To conclude and as memento of the workshop, a ‘Flag of Many Hands’ is produced by the participants.
Materials required are: Powerpoint Projector, CD Player, Table, 2 Chairs, Canvas with, the size determined by the number of participants, and red, black and yellow, water based paint.
Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8), Secondary Stage 5 (Y9-10), Secondary Stage 6 (Y11-12)