Long ago the Adelaide Plains were an open woodland tended to by the Kaurna people.
Eucalpyts spotted the grassland, kangaroo grass, shrubs and a myriad of creatures.
Among them the chequered copper butterfly and the black ants who tend to their wellbeing.
This live storytelling event shares the beautiful relationship between the ants and the butterfly and how the ants tend first to the eggs, then to the caterpillars. Herding them each day in and out of their own burrows under the oxalis plant where they rest together.
The ants herd the caterpillars up to the fresh leaves each day for the caterpillars to eat. And on the very hottest of days bringing them out in the cool of the evening to eat the leave of the oxalis which they live under together.
This story takes place within the bigger story of the Adelaide Plains.
Come join us in the magnificent Mortlock Library to hear the lives storytelling in an intimate group.
Please book a ticket for all attendees - children need to be in the company of an adult.
This event is undertaken with the support of both the Nature Festival and the Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc. Kate McMurray is the author and storyteller.
Kate McMurray lives on and cares for Peramangk and Kaurna land in the Adelaide Hills with her family, dog and chickens. Trained as a teacher, she has worked in Australia and through South East Asia in education and community development. With a background in Waldorf Education, she currently works independently, supporting families from pregnancy to school through bush based Integrated Family Support Programs. She works 1:1 with families supporting them with family life and the challenges that it brings. As well as working with NDIS clients, she also works as a consultant to schools and in the community and runs workshops on a variety of topics including story telling. With a passion for writing and for stories, she also writes therapeutic stories to support adults and children process and work through challenging situations.
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