Dwayne Lazar and his attentive audience take a break from discussing Indigenous culture to say hello to the camera at Middlemount.
Dwayne Lazar and his attentive audience take a break from discussing Indigenous culture to say hello to the camera at Middlemount.

Traditional lessons learnt by students

WITH Naidoc Week not long finished, there was still more Indigenous-related fun and education for Isaac children.

As a special post-Naidoc treat, community member Dwayne Lazar dropped by Middlemount Library on Monday, July 18, to give local children a fascinating talk on Indigenous culture.

After teaching them several Aboriginal words, Dwayne proceeded to show the children a grinding rock which they could hold and pretend to use, an axe rock for scraping bark off trees, and a stone blade for removing skins from kangaroos.

The talk was followed by a group exercise where children dot-painted a four-metre Rainbow Serpent. The serpent, bright glowing yellow and decorated with multicoloured dots, now hangs across the walls of Middlemount Library.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall said it was great to hear some of the comments from those involved.

“Having members of the community come in to give talks is an excellent way to engage children so, on behalf of council, I would like to thank Dwayne for giving up his time,” he said.

Cr Marshall went on to say the celebration of diversity is an integral part of a child’s education.

“The Isaac region is extremely diverse in terms of its people, its environment, and its culture,” he said. “Showing children this diversity at a young age is important for teaching them our region’s past and preparing them for the future.”

Visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au, or phone your library for information.


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