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NAIDOC at Rouse Hill House & Farm - FREE Event

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Indigenous art and craft, music, dance and more

Sydney Living Museums joins Muru Mittigar Aboriginal & Cultural Education Centre to celebrate NAIDOC Week with a FREE family-friendly community event at Rouse Hill House & Farm on Sunday 15 July.

Celebrate NAIDOC: Because of her, we can! at Rouse Hill House & Farm on Darug country, home to Darug peoples for thousands of years. The jam-packed program connects visitors to local culture through storytelling, song, dance, art and music.

Come along with your family from 10am and start of the day with a welcome to country by Leanne Watson and Rhiannon Wright, and a smoking ceremony by Nulungu Dreaming, followed by a flag raising ceremony.

During the day, visitors will be invited to experience the Aboriginal people's long connection with the land through song and dance with Nulungu Dreaming and acclaimed singer and poet, Gumaroy Newman.

You can also get up close to native Australian animals with the Get Wild's animal display and talks or create your own Message Stone using traditional paint techniques taught by Darug artist, Leanne Watson.

At the art table at Muru Mittigar for NAIDOC Week 2017. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Try your hand at throwing a boomerang as you learn about this ancient tool and its use in Aboriginal culture or drop into the workshop and paint your own boomerang using traditional colours and techniques with Muru Mittigar's cultural team.

Learn to speak some words in Darug in the language cultural workshop in the 1888 schoolhouse and to complete the day, enjoy some terrific food from Mad Mob BBQ cook-up and single origin tea and coffee from the Darcy St Project.

In keeping with the theme of the day, you can also experience the historic Rouse Hill House from a woman's perspective through a 30 minute guided tour.

NAIDOC at Rouse Hill House & Farm is FREE and all are welcome. If you would like to attend, please register your interest here.

For more information on the event and to plan your visit, please see

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When: Sunday 15 July, 10am–3pm
Where: Rouse Hill House & Farm, 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Cost: Free event
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