The art of exploring Indigenous culture

Taj Trask and Martin Pascoe (The Southern Cross)

A program to increase connection to and understanding of Indigenous culture and heritage has been a positive experience for all involved at St Michael’s College in Adelaide, according to facilitator Martin Pascoe. Source: The Southern Cross.

For the past three years, Mr Pascoe has been working closely with the college’s primary campus through Catholic Education SA’s Aboriginal Cultural Residency program.

As artist in residence, he has mentored students from a range of year levels and cultural backgrounds in film making, media and drama, enabling them to explore issues such as identity, cultural awareness, resilience and overcoming adversity.

“This year, our Year 4 students have been working with Martin for seven weeks on making films about themselves,” said Kate Tyrwhitt, Indigenous focus teacher at St Michael’s.

“At the same time our Indigenous students have also had sessions which involve being together as a group, having a yarn, making artefacts and Aboriginal inspired artworks.

“One significant project has been making a site-specific Acknowledgement of Country video being read by our most senior student at the primary campus, Taj Trask.”

Mr Pascoe said Taj, of the Narungga Nation, was a shining example of how the ACR program has helped students connect with their heritage and culture.

“St Michael’s is one of the many Catholic schools that has an ongoing respectful relationship with Indigenous Artists in Residence, so when I see young fellas like Taj so proud of their lived culture and heritage I know the future is in very safe hands,” he said.


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