Garma Festival Yirrkala

The WCE Yirrkala team has attended two Garma Festivals in conjunction with the Yirrkala Community and the Yirrkala School.

In 2015 the two WCE campus-based staff working in Yirrkala were invited by the school to be part of the open day at the school and attend the Garma Festival. In 2016 WCE staff were involved in an exhibition stall. One of the WCE activities at the Garma Festival where CDU held an Exhibition booth, the team were encouraging students to draw their dreams on calico fabric. It was to inspire the students to envision their dreams after they completed school. Due to the excitement of this activity, the CDU exhibition stall was very popular.

Garma Festival Yirrkala

Amelia Haley, an Indigenous CDU student currently studying towards a Bachelor of Education, visited the Yirrkala School and assisted with the Garma Festival activities alongside Yalmay Yunupingu and Bronwyn Rossingh who were also participating in the festival. 

Dreams drawn by students<br> Dreams drawn by students

Students excited to draw their dreaming<br> Students excited to draw their dreaming

Amelia, Yalmay and Bronwyn attending the CDU stall<br> Amelia, Yalmay and Bronwyn attending the CDU stall

Djuwalpi Marika's Yambirrpa metaphor<br> Djuwalpi Marika's Yambirrpa metaphor

Also, as part of the exhibition stall, the Yambirrpa (fish trap) and Miyapunu (turtle) posters were showcased. These posters were developed collaboratively by the WCE community and campus based
staff and depict the way that the community and WCE staff worked together and the way that higher education journeys can be successful through a step by step pathway

Yalmay Yunupingu's Turtle Metaphor<br> Yalmay Yunupingu's Turtle Metaphor

29 November 2017

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

​I joined the team in April 2016, just in time for the team meeting at Tennant Creek, where it was realised that the team needed someone to analyse the data that was being generated across the different communities.

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