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This week, July 3 to 10, is NAIDOC Week. The theme for 2022 is Get up! Stand up! Show up!, which ‘encourages everyone to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.’
To help spark conversations in your own home we’re sharing a fun craft idea from Gunditjmara-woman Bayley Misfud, Officeworks’ National Indigenous Engagement Lead. Her paper craft projects include animals that are significant in Indigenous Australian stories and culture.
As kids create their paper animals to make these crafts, they can learn more about First Nation, Indigenous languages and the animals’ significance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
We’re lucky enough to be able to share one of those fun ideas with you below!
Up in the beautiful Kimberley region, five of the world’s seven species of marine turtles inhabit Roebuck Bay. Turtles are so special to the Yawuru nation that, in the six seasons of the year they recognise, one coincides with when turtles lay their eggs. In the Yawuru language, a turtle is called gurlibil.
With so many little pieces to cut out, this is a fantastic project to really flex fine motor skills. Children can tailor the trickiness of the shell to suit their scissor skills and experience.
Use this template to get the shape of your gurlibil.
Head to Officeworks to see more paper craft ideas including how to: