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 of relationships between Indigenous people and ‘mainstream’ Australia. The sessions also aim to give participants an understanding of Indigenous cultural practices and cultural differences with a view to providing individuals with an awareness of respectful communication strategies when meeting and working with Indigenous people in their workplace and everyday life.
Ron opens the session by playing the didgeridoo and paying respects to the traditional owners. This acknowledgement contributes to awareness-raising and is recognition of the role of locality (or country) to Indigenous people.
Ron Murray’s approach to the training session challenges his participants. He uses ‘his’ cultural tools of oral information, history and storytelling to convey the information. Ron draws upon his unique life experience; his storytelling technique encourages the group to look within their own value system and identify areas where their communication is challenged. By presenting an organic oral approach, Ron’s sessions encourage deep listening and discussion.
Positive stories: the contributions of Aboriginal people to the Australian way of life
Linking past to present: how European settlement impacts on today’s Indigenous communities; and also with a focus on Victorian local history and local issues
The importance of culture and country to Aboriginal people: with a discussion of Ron’s Artifact collection, sacred places and objects (Victorian cultural focus)
Indigenous stories: bringing alive connections to/protection of country, family and totems. The debate between written and oral histories
Myths and stereotypes about Indigenous people – key issues and key barriers faced
Understanding Indigenous family structures, appropriate terminology, elders, and tribal boundaries: and how this impacts upon working with Indigenous people
Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge, sensitivities and protocols, and how they affect communication and workplace relations
Connecting with, engagement and accessing Indigenous communities
Audience: Staff Training, Corporate, Teachers, General Public
Duration: 60 minutes
Requirements: Data Projector to show a DVD, whiteboard, table for artefacts.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]