Murdoch launches unique Nyungar program for 2011 June 14, 2011 Murdoch University’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre has launched a unique program that celebrates Nyungar culture, community, and people. The only one of its kind in Western Australia, Wanju Boodjah is a five-week, six-credit course in which students will learn about Nyungar spirituality, mythology, cosmology, language, people/community, art, history, dancing, storytelling meteorology and cartography. Australian and international students are encouraged to attend. Kulbardi Centre Director Professor Rhonda Marriott said Murdoch University was proud to be the only university in Western Australia to provide such an important Nyungar cultural learning opportunity for all students. “It is important to acknowledge that Murdoch University is on Nyungar land and we pay respects to Nyungar elders past and present”, she said. “We are especially honoured that Dr Noel Nannup provided us his blessing and welcomed us to country this afternoon. The performance by the Wadumbah Dance Group was also an important introduction to Nyungar culture for our students.” Prof Marriott said one of the unique features of the program is the introduction of a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous guest lecturers, as well as field trips. “We are also privileged that Nyungar elder Eric Hayward has organised a key component of this learning experience, by coordinating and guiding us on a cultural tour of the south west. This on-country learning experience is a transformational learning opportunity for our students,” she said. Prof Marriott said 2011 had so far been an exciting year for the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and the launch of Wanju Boodjah shows a continued commitment to providing supportive quality learning experiences for all of the students. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Domestic students, International students Tags: aboriginal, eric hayward, indigenous, noel nannup, nyungar, rhonda marriott, wadumbah dance group, wanju boodjah Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!