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As part of our inquiry into ‘People express their ideas, feelings and cultures through stories’, the Year 3 students had the opportunity to experience stories and dancing of the Boonwurrung people. During a visit by Marbee Williams (a descendant of the Boonwurrung people and project officer from Yalukit Willem) the students listened to  stories and songs that had been shared for thousands of years. They discussed why these stories were created and shared and also contemplated the different formats by which they were shared. When learning the dance moves, the students developed a profound grasp of the connection between Mother Earth and her people. The girls came away with new knowledge about Bunjil (the wedge – tailed eagle, our creator) and Wah (the crow, our protector.) The girls made many connections to their previous knowledge of Indigenous culture and were excited to learn more about the traditions of storytelling and dancing.

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