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Fun song translation for schoolchildren a NAIDOC success

HERVEY Bay school children got to take part in an activity that was djang'ka (head) and murru (shoulders) above a normal day at school this week.

About 240 pupils from nine local primary schools, their teachers and several Butchulla people gather at USQ Fraser Coast on Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2013.

The two-day festival called Burunga-m Gambay (Learning Together) is being organised and run by USQ Fraser Coast in support of NAIDOC Week, which showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, cultures and achievements.

One of the most popular activities was when the children learnt the Butchulla translation for the song "heads, shoulders, knees and toes" and then sang the song in the local Aborigine language.

Project manager Chrissie Young from USQ Fraser Coast said the event would also encourage the Year 7 participants to value education and motivate them to work hard at school and aspire to higher education.

Song translation

  • Djinang: Ear
  • Gam: Toe
  • Murru: Shoulder
  • Djang'ka: Head
  • Mil: Knee
  • Waalil: Nose
  • Djeemee: Eye
  • Binang: Mouth
Malcolm Burns, in a kangaroo pose, is part of Burunga-m Gambay (Learning Together) with schoolchildren at a University of Southern Queensland event.
Malcolm Burns, in a kangaroo pose, is part of Burunga-m Gambay (Learning Together) with schoolchildren at a University of Southern Queensland event. Valerie Horton

Topics:  naidoc week, schoolchildren, singing, song, translation, usq




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