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Ma-Mu dancers Rohan, Glen, Andrew, Ashton and Jordan Miller perform a traditional indigenous dance at the Didgeridoo Festival at the Gin Gin showgrounds.
Ma-Mu dancers Rohan, Glen, Andrew, Ashton and Jordan Miller perform a traditional indigenous dance at the Didgeridoo Festival at the Gin Gin showgrounds. Max Fleet BUNDIG

DIGERIDOOS, baskets and traditional dancing drew more than 600 to Gin Gin over the two-day Didgeridoo Festival on Friday and Saturday.

The festival, which aimed to educate people about indigenous culture, went ahead despite the strong winds which meant some entertainment rides could not be operated.

Festival organiser Aileen Munro said passing on the traditional culture was very important to her family.

"(The festival) was more or less brought around because my late husband saw how important it was to bring the culture to children," she said.

"Because it was not being taught, a lot of people were ignorant (about indigenous culture)."

Ms Munro said teenagers were now much more aware of the culture as it was being taught in schools.

The first day of the festival focused on schools, allowing students to taste bush tucker and also teaching them basket weaving and showing them displays of traditional dancing and didgeridoo playing.

The festival was open to the public on Saturday allowing people to immerse themselves in traditional dance, basket weaving, didgeridoo playing and other traditional music.

"One of the weavers, Kris Martin, he made baskets out of Cat's Claw which was good for the environment as it's a pest," she said.

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