School captain sharing her culture
KNOWING one's roots is a blessing. Wanting to share that knowledge with those around you shows your high regard for them.
Tayla Browning is not only proud of her heritage but is trying to learn more to share with family and friends.
"My dad's father is Aboriginal from Fingal Head, but his mum is from the Rotuma Island group, south of Fiji," the 17-year-old said.
"From what I've learned so far, I'm able to trace that Fijian ancestry back to royalty; back in the day.
"I'm proud of who I am; an Indigenous person with a sense of belonging.
"At a Wollumbin Dreaming initiative at Tweed Heads the elders told stories and taught us dance. I found it beneficial; it reinforced my feelings.
"I enjoy listing to their stories and learning how they lived and overcame the many obstacles they faced. It's great to pass that knowledge on to younger students."
A member of the Deadly Dancers, Tayla teaches local students about the many aspects of her culture, including the importance of dance. She also helps elders deliver workshops.
Fellow student, Courtney Bailey described Tayla as "a committed person, passionate about her heritage, and having a strong sense of right".
Tayla is Mullumbimby High's first Indigenous school captain, and believes that we need to accept each other's differences, so we can learn and move on ... together.