Cultural Tours

Cultural tour 1: Ngunawal cultural interpretation: Black Mountain (2 hour walk on Country)

Join Ngunawal man Tyronne Bell, son of Elder Don Bell (senior), for a walk on Country following the tracks and service trails of Black Mountain.

The Ngunawal people are the Indigenous Australian inhabitants whose traditional lands encompass much of the area now occupied by the city of Canberra and the surrounding Australian Capital Territory. When first encountered by European settlers in the 1820s, the Ngunawal people lived in an area roughly bounded by what are now the towns of Braidwood, Goulburn, Boorowa, Harden, Gundagai and Cooma. The Ngunawal people are neighbours of the Yuin (on the coast), Ngarigo (southeast of Canberra), Wiradjuri (to the west of Yass) and Gundungurra (to the north) peoples.

Similar to many other Aboriginal cultures, the Ngunawal people passed down traditional knowledge from generation to generation through word of mouth and Dreamtime stories. Alongside the sharing of this knowledge, highlights of the tour will include Tyronne’s interpretation of the landscape, with a particular focus on the ancient and changing mountain. There will also be discussions of bush foods, artefacts, and stone tools and their traditional uses as you walk surrounded by panoramic views of Canberra.

What to bring: Runners or walking shoes, a warm jumper and long trousers, a rain jacket, a sunhat and a water bottle.

Cost: $69.00
Date: Thursday 2 May 2024
Depart: 1.30 pm
Return: 3.30 pm
Duration: Two hours
Max number: 20

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Cultural tour 2: Insider’s insight: Exploring the story behind the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre

Join Biripi man and Onsite Education Manager Adam Duncan and Programs and Discovery Centre Manager Carlie Walker as they guide you through the development process and rationale behind the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre at the National Museum of Australia.

The Discovery Centre is a fun, immersive play space for children from birth to six years old and their carers and families. The Centre allows children to explore Australia and its inhabitants through a series of five stories, each encouraging different types of play.

The first book in the series inspired by the Discovery Centre is The Bunyip and the Stars written by Adam. Alongside the others in the series, Adam’s book reinforces the Museum’s commitment to storytelling of all kinds, and is designed to encourage conversations around themes such as First Nations culture, place and identity and Australian history in an age-appropriate and inspiring way. Throughout the tour, Adam and Carlie will share how The Bunyip and the Stars story was developed and how it can continue to reach and inspire children.

Cost: $25.00
Date: Thursday 2 May 2024
Depart: 4.00 pm
Return: 5.00 pm
Duration: One hour
Max number: 25

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