Local youngsters have had oodles of fun at NAIDOC Week activities, as the shire celebrates Indigenous culture.
On Wednesday, parents and kids from Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, Gunnedah PCYC, and more visited Gunida Gunyah for a few hours of fun and learning.
Guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch before hearing the traditional Dreamtime story How the birds got their colours.
The children then ran around Gunida Gunyah's grounds following the crow in the story, becoming colourful just like the birds in the story.
Sacred Heart School Boggabri held an early celebration in the last week of school.
The traditional Welcome to Country, flag raising and smoking ceremony were performed by Kamilaroi people from Winanga-Li including James Hogbin, Joel Griffiths and Carys Griffiths.
They engaged students, staff and visitors in traditional face painting, cultural dances and learning to play the didgeridoo.
Kamilaroi elders Aunty Theresa and Aunty Colleen cut the official cake. Aunty Colleen and Gloria taught the students how to make johnny cakes and damper, then they did Aboriginal dot painting on wooden animals and created festival lanterns.
Aunty Theresa told stories of her culture and the way they lived off the land for food, shelter and medicines.
They experienced the land as a richly symbolic and spiritual landscape rather than merely a physical environment. She also told the children that she was taught by her father to treat others the way she wanted to be treated.