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Part of the river still passes through the Warriparinga Wetlands, home to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. The Centre was built in 2002 to educate visitors about the local Kaurna culture, although its location next to the heritage listed early settler's Fairford House has been considered puzzling and even controversial.
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre features a corrugated iron roof reminiscent of the sweep of an Ibis' wings, linking to the Tjilbruke Dreaming sculpture nearby. It includes a heritage display, meeting spaces, an area for art exhibitions, and is a base for group tours of the Warriparinga area with Kaurna cultural guides.
In the past there have been popular alternative Peace Markets hosted here, attracting many people supportive of the Kaurna cause. There have been no markets for some time, but the organising group are still active on Facebook.
This Sunday June 22 is Kaurna Heritage Day, and to celebrate it the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is holding an Open Day, with family entertainment and activities for kids.
This free community event offers a chance to learn about Kaurna culture. It's a unique opportunity to taste bush food, learn bush skills such as carving and traditional fire making, browse arts and crafts and enjoy live music.
There's plenty of fun things to do for kids too, including a native animal nursery with snakes and reptiles. Try some traditional possum fur football and take cultural tours to learn about the remarkable people who once lived here.