DIDGE IN A DAY: Students sand their didgeridoos during the program.
DIDGE IN A DAY: Students sand their didgeridoos during the program. Marissa Newman

Students share culture

EIDSVOLD State School hosted a two-day Didge in a Day program last week.

On the first day, younger male students from Eidsvold State School got to create their own didgeridoo, while on the second day senior male students from Burnett State College and Mundubbera State School joined the senior students from Eidsvold State School to create their own didgeridoo.

A total of 34 participants took part in the program.

Alex Murchison is the facilitator of the Didge in a Day program and instructed the students.

"They start with termite-hollowed blank, the raw products from nature, and they go through a process where they use the tools out of a kit, where they make a didgeridoo and at the end of the day they actually have a finished didgeridoo that they can take home with them,” he said.

Mr Murchison said the program allowed the boys to feel like they have achieved something.

"The main aim is that the boys do something practical that they can say I did this and they have something physical to show for it,” he said.

Mr Murchison also hopes that the program creates an interest which will extend to things like learning to play the didgeridoo, putting artwork on the didgeridoo, which then could even go further into learning how to do canvas artwork.

"The idea then is that this catalyst can be a draw where other schools from the community, along with elders or parents, artists or players can come in and mentor the students at a higher level in more cultural pursuits,” he said.

The program also aims to encourage reconciliation.

"One of the things that we really love to see is when the indigenous boys ask a non-indigenous boy to come along and be a part of it,” he said.

Mr Murchison said this enabled the indigenous boys to share their culture with their non-indigenous friends.

"It's also a strengthening of the indigenous boys' pride for their culture, it makes them feel good about themselves and their friends get to learn something that they may never have known before.”



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