Mowanjum gives Derby kids rare insight into bush medicine

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Mowanjum's Tarika Lele shows Treyvahn, 2, and Clivina, 4, Bangmorra some tips.
Camera IconMowanjum's Tarika Lele shows Treyvahn, 2, and Clivina, 4, Bangmorra some tips. Credit: Supplied/Department of Education

Kimberley kids have been given a rare insight into the methods and knowledge behind bush medicine as part of a Kindilink program with the Mowanjum community.

Organised by Derby District High School in partnership with Ngunga Women’s Playgroup and the Mowanjum community, the initiative saw cultural knowledge on the use of local plants shared to make medicinal balms, soaps, moisturisers and shampoo.

It offered Kindilink students, who are just three-years-old, and their families the chance to learn skills many previously had not experienced.

A Derby District High School spokesperson said the particular area was, for many, not their traditional country and they therefore were unaware of the plants in the area.

KindiLink, the voluntary play-based program, is conducted by a qualified teacher for two hours, three times a week, for three-year-olds and their parents.

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