The sessions run once a fortnight, in a block, and then rotate to the other group of children. Lessons start slowly, with Jason introducing himself. He makes sure that children are involving all their senses.
“When he first comes, he might just show them the Aboriginal flag. He lets them touch the flag. He plays the didgeridoo, on their feet even, just to let them know not to be frightened.
“Little kids have to learn hands-on rather than just being told. It is so much better for them to touch it.
“The children loved it so much we even had some go home, get a large piece of cardboard roll and make their own didgeridoo and play it. They are so excited then to show it to me and to Jason next time he comes in.”
Jason doesn’t talk about Indigenous culture in a static sense, or refer only to the past, but constantly explains to the kids about how his culture fits into today’s world.
“Jason talks about bush tucker, and eating kangaroo, and hunting them, but he also says ‘these days I go down to Woolies to get my kangaroo’.
“He makes kangaroo sausage rolls and brings them in for the kids to try. Last year he also made us prawns wrapped in paper bark, and it was just beautiful.
“He will explain to the kids that even though today we use foil, it didn’t exist in the past so paper bark was used.