Top Didj Cultural Experience has been developed to offer students a unique cultural interaction with the aboriginal people of Katherine by introducing students to Manuel from the Dalabon tribe.
Manuel will teach the traditional way of living in the bush as he experienced it as a child. Students will get to:
- Paint their own rarrk painting using a reed brush
- Light a fire using two special sticks
- Throw a spear using a woomera
Manuel is passionate about sharing his culture and giving students an insight of what it was like having to hunt for his own food and sleep out under the stars, with only the fire to keep him warm. He will explain that while growing up he did not need a watch or calander to tell the date or time as he use to use what he saw around him to know what to hunt for and when to get ready for the night time. Manuel also explains the challenges that are facing aboriginal students growing up in two cultures today. Students will also get the chance to get up close and personnel with wallabies and possibly even get to feed a joey.
There is plenty of space for the students and teachers to enjoy their lunch and a BBQ can be provided if needed.
The cultural experience is a 2.5 hours session. It can be tailored to suit time available and activities required. Quality souvenirs are also available.