Category Archives: Celebrations

Song – Advance Australia Fair

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A-nang-u-     la    a   tju-ta-la
Australians  all  let us rejoice
 
Un-par-ri    ying-    i-    la
For we are young and free
 
Man- ta ngang-ka win’-king-  ku-la
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil
 
Ka-   pi      pun-tu tja-ra
Our home is girt by sea
 
Nan-  ar- ri pun-tu     ngu-rang ka put-urr na kul-in-yi
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare
 
Ir-id-it-ja a wan’-ka-ra Kut-ju An-ang-u-la.
In history’s page let every stage Advance Australia Fair
 
Ku-tju-ring-la       a war-ra-la         Ku-tju Australia
In joyful strains then let us sing Advance Australia Fair

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Click on this link Kutju Australia to see and hear our National Anthem, Advance Australia Fair, being sung in an Aboriginal language (Luritja) from the Northern Territory. It is sung by Ted Egan and the students at Ntaria School in Hermannsburg, Northern Territory. Aboriginal Language provided by Alison Nararula Anderson MLA.

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The Penrith area is in Dharug country, which I believe was inhabited by the Mulgoa people prior to the English settling in Australia. Being Dharug Country, the local Aboriginal language is Dharug. If you would like to know more about Dharug Language go to http://www.dharug.dalang.com.au/Dharug/filedownload/FrontPage.html. Artifacts dug up in the Lakes area in Penrith have been dated as being 50,000 years old. That’s a very long time!

There were many different Aboriginal clans throughout Australia. Aboriginal people were not one group of people – they spoke different languages, had different stories, and different beliefs and customs. Each group developed their own way of living and making meaning for their lives dependent upon the Country they were living in.

So, if you read a Dreaming story from Central Australia about the Rainbow Serpent creating the landscape it is important to remember that the story is from the people of that Country. Every Language group has a different creation story, there may be similiar themes but the stories are synonmous with the landscape and the life that it sustained. Unfortunately, much of the Dharug culture and Language and been lost over time, and the Elders are working to try and restore it as best they can and teach it to the young ones. I haven’t found any stories from the Dharug, but the Aboriginal clan in the Blue Mountains, the Gundungurra, believe that a monster fish created the mountains, valleys, and waterways.

Aboriginal people can have fair skin too, and these days we don’t talk about what percentage of Aboriginality a person has. If someone says they have Italian or Scottish heriatge we don’t ask them what percentage they are. So why do we do that to Aboriginal people? Percentages of ‘Aboriginal blood’ go back to the days when Aboriginal children were removed from their families based on how ‘white’ they were.

It is also important to recognise that today, most Aboriginal people live a modern life. Stereotypes of Aboriginal people living a traditional life are inaccurate – they live in houses and get their food from supermarkets like everyone else. . Whilst young Aboriginal people enjoy learning about the customs of their traditional heritage, they also enjoy engaging in making video, doing modern art, and creating rap music.

“Kutju” in Luritja means “go forward”. This Australia Day, 26th January, let us pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country and their intrinsic connection to the Land, Waterways, Islands and Communities. Let us think of the ways we can all share our knowledge, listen to one another, create confidence and self-esteem, and form genuine possibilities for a brighter future for our children, our grandchildren and all future generations that walk in our ancestors’ footsteps. (adapted from http://lateralloveaustralia.com)

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Australia Day – January 26

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Celebrating – Aussie Christmas

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The twelve days of Christmas

On the 1st day of Christmas a Swagman at the gate said, Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!

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On the 2nd day of Christmas … an Emu by the fence said, Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 3rd day of Christmas a Shearer down the shed said, How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 4th day of Christmas a Goanna on a rock said, It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 5th day of Christmas Fred put up the sign, To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 6th day of Christmas a Dingo by the dam said, I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 7th day of Christmas Sue put up the lights, Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 8th day of Christmas They called the CFA, Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 9th day of Christmas You should have heard the cheers! School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 10th day of Christmas You couldn’t move in town, Madhouse in Main Street
School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 11th day of Christmas They drew the raffle prize, You little beauty!
Madhouse in Main Street
School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
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On the 12th day of Christmas We’ll take an early mark, Knock off till New Year!
You little beauty!
Madhouse in Main Street School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper Aussie Christmas mate!
 
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Celebrating – Australia Day

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January 26 – Commemorating the day that the First Fleet arrived in Australia in 1788. Some Indigenous people like to call it Survival Day in recognition of the struggles they and their ancestors have endured.

How do you celebrate Australia Day?

STORY

http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/dustEchoesFlash.htm

SONGS

http://alldownunder.com/australian-music-songs/index.html

POETRY

http://www.dorotheamackellar.com.au/archive/mycountry.htm

CRAFT

http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/australia/index.htm            

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 Image source: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/declaration_indigenous/declaration_full_10.html  

Celebrating – Gung hay fat choy!

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Happy Chinese New Year!

2012 is the year of the water dragon, the most powerful sign in the Chinese zodiac.

What did you do with your family to celebrate Chinese New Year?

Here are some links to get some more ideas…

Song  http://www.nancymusic.com/Gunghayplay.htm

Customs  http://www.iexaminer.org/news/features/year-festival-symbols/

Art & craft for kids  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_new_year.htm

Podcasts are a lovely way of hearing other people’s experiences and perspectives. Here is a nice one  with a young Vietnamese Australian woman talking about what Chinese New Year means to her  http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/01/20/3412244.htm?site=sydney&date=201201