By 9:00 Saturday morning we are getting our arms painted with an aboriginal design. Then we were off to learn about the didgeridoo journey. We learnt how to play the didgeridoo and how it was made from a hollowed out white gum tree. Termites hollow out the tree and then beeswax is used to seal the mouth piece once it is cut. It was amazing to listen to the beautiful sounds it made as we watched a slide show of pictures of the rain forest.
Then we watched a theatre show with holographic images about the spiritual and traditional beliefs of the Tjapukai people. Tjapukai means rain forest. Hailey got to dance with the Tjapukai Dance Troupe doing traditional corroborees and songs. We also witnessed them starting a fire by rubbing 2 sticks together. Our last presentation was on the hunting and tools the men of the Tjapukai used and the bush food and medicine the women used. We learnt about the spears, spear throwers, boomerangs and knives. Unfortunately due to the damages caused by the cyclone we were unable to go outside and try to throw a boomerang and a spear. We will go back in a few weeks to give it a try considering Brody bought a boomerang!
A very informative day that we all enjoyed. Darby will get an opportunity to return with her class on an excursion next month.
|entrance into Tjapukai|
|aboriginal playing the didgeridoo|
|T Dance Troupe|
|starting a fire|
|Hailey performing with the dance group|
|our aboriginal tattoos|
|walking to the top|
|so much water right now|
|all enjoying the water|