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Respectfully inspired by traditional trade by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, join the National Arboretum Canberra’s Indigenous Education Officer, a proud Wiradjuri woman, in a NAIDOC Week activity.

Each participant will receive a paper bag filled with a mix of natural elements, ranging from possum skin pelt, emu feathers, native seeds and wool along with a wide variety of other materials. Each bag will be different, and you will be able to engage with one another to trade items.

While trading and creating, you can learn about culture when using these materials. You’re able to make anything you’d like – whether it be an adornment, piece of jewellery or a gift for someone.

*Gibanybirra, Wiradjuri word for trade

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Suitable for ages 6 - 15 years
Meet in the Terrace Room, located next to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection
Toilet and hand washing facilities available in the Terrace Room
If your child is unwell, please stay home
This is a drop of event, parents are not required to stay

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.