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Ron’s primary school workshops have an interactive approach, allowing students to experience Aboriginal culture, with a focus on music, storytelling and Indigenous history.
As a didgeridoo musician, Ron begins each session by playing didgeridoo as a traditional welcome, and then talks about how he makes his didgeridoos, raises some of the cultural issues around didgeridoo playing and gives a demonstration on how to make the animal sounds and circular breathe (including giving volunteers a didgeridoo massage).
Ron brings along his artefact collection, which contains many special objects which he allows the students to touch, such as his 100 year old kangaroo rug (a family heirloom passed down from his mother’s people) stone tools, coolomons and shields.
Ron talks about how Aboriginal people used to live, and how they continue to practice their traditions today. He also speaks about aspects of Aboriginal history, and raises some of the current issues important to Indigenous people. Ron tailors his discussions of Aboriginal history and current issues to the age group he is working with.
Ron interweaves Aboriginal Dreamtime stories into his presentations, keeping alive the dreaming stories of South Eastern Aboriginal Australia.
Weather permitting, Ron finishes some sessions with a boomerang demonstration (he was Queensland Boomerang Champion in 1999) and gives students the opportunity to throw boomerangs (in a very supervised way). As part of this, he talks about how he learned to make boomerangs the old way his grandfather taught him (using redgum roots), and shows the students his ancient boomerang stone tool which helps him shape the boomerang and get it to return.
Ron’s Indigenous Awareness workshops with school teachers offer an opportunity for teachers to gain insight into Australia’s Indigenous culture, history and contemporary issues through personal narrative. In particular, Ron’s training gives teachers the opportunity to learn from Ron how to engage better with Indigenous students, and to learn new skills in teaching units on Indigenous […]
Ron has an international reputation as a didgeridoo soloist, having performed widely in Australia, and also in New York, Jordan, Canada and New Zealand. He also performs as part of the Celtic-Indigenous fusion duo, Kinja with fiddler/vocalist Sarah James. “He is one of Victoria’s most respected players”. (The Age, Larry Schwartz, October 2nd 2008, “Didgeridoo […]
Ron’s Indigenous Awareness workshops offer an opportunity to gain insight into Australia’s Indigenous culture, history and contemporary issues through personal narrative. His aim is to raise awareness about Indigenous culture and facilitate understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Ron’s cultural awareness sessions aim to challenge participants’ perceptions of Indigenous Australians and to create a context […]
In his sessions with secondary students, Ron is often asked to speak with students about Aboriginal history, the environment and themes of Australian identity. Ron is passionate about Indigenous history of South Eastern Australia, and has a wide knowledge of the treatment of Indigenous peoples and the government policies under which they lived. Ron brings […]