WOMINJEKA: THE THANK YOU WORKKSHOP
Suitable for Australian Studies/History from Year 4, 5, 6 and also secondary (curriculum details below).
Presented by musician/writer/storyteller Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky, famous as being a founder of The Bushwackers Band, and much more.
'Wominjeka' means 'welcome' in the Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung languages of the Melbourne area and central Victoria, and in this workshop, through learning a 'thank you' song, students are exposed to historical and contemporary stories of black-white relations in Australia: of contact, conflict and reconciliation as well as many surprising and less predictable events, including:
*Aborigines and First Fleet soldiers dancing together
*The Woiwurrung welcome for John Batman when he came in 1835 to ‘purchase’ the land that is now Melbourne
*Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky's personal experiences with Aboriginal people’s hospitality and welcome
*How Indigenous ceremonies compare with our customs of welcome and laws of visas and passports.
Students learn respect for other cultures and get an honest (and guilt-free) view of our history.
For this workshop Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky draws on his many book, radio, film, CD and music projects with Indigenous Australians, as well as from thorough research.
HOW IT WORKS
Jan teaches students to sing the song titled Thank You for the Welcome To Your Country, tells the stories embedded in the lyrics, discusses the issues with students, asks students for their ways of welcome and compares with Indigenous ways (sometimes very similar), and at the end of the workshop the song is recorded to CD, which the school keeps.
Schools may use the song later in concerts and other occasions as a dignified response to Indigenous Welcome to Country.
Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8)