New cultural icon at Ramingining

A traditional Aboriginal shelter erected at Ramingining School to reflect Yolngu culture was officially opened on 26 October.

Yolngu people with traditional knowledge of shelter construction were assisted by 15 of the school’s students during the week-long building project.

Principal Sue McAvoy said the shelter at the Arnhem Land school will be used to share aspects of Yolngu culture, including storytelling, dancing, weaving and spear making.

“It will also be used when other schools visit and participate in cultural sessions, for graduation ceremonies, and for meetings of Walking School Bus—the federal government school attendance strategy,” she said.

“The opening ceremony was low key, but important and moving, and demonstrated how the school and the community are working together.”

Assistant teacher Linda Wulamana and Remote Jobs and Communities Program workers were primarily responsible for the project.

Construction of a shelter for girls (Goŋ-Wapitja) and another for boys (Goŋ-Gaḻpu) is planned for 2017.

students teachers and dogs sitting in shade of shelter