THERE was dancing and didgeridoo playing when Eglinton Public School marked NAIDOC Day on Friday.
Uncle Paul West, a Wiradyuri man from the Wellington district, spoke to students at a full school assembly about Aboriginal tools and instruments and how they were used.
He outlined how hollow emu eggs were used as water storage, spears were used in hunting and combat and message sticks were used to pass important information along.
Explaining how the rivers and creeks of the Wellington district provided abundant food for the Wiradyuri people, he told the students the waterways were the supermarkets of their day.
“It was like going to Coles or Woolies,” he said.
Students had a chance to use clapping sticks in front of the assembly before there were performances from the West Bathurst Aboriginal Dance Group.
There were class activities after the assembly and a barbecue lunch to help mark the day.