Collected at Pirrama Park in Pyrmont by the Tribal Warrior, they took a cultural cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House to Clark Island.
They learnt about bush tucker, traditional fish traps and native fauna. To the sound of the didgeridoo, the children learnt a traditional dance featuring Australian animals, and Aboriginal Elder Uncle Terry performed a traditional dance.
On their return to Pirrama Park on the Tribal Warrior, the children had the opportunity to try some weaving, under the tuition of one of the tour guides.
Charlie: “The boat was so much better than I had imagined. I really enjoyed the animal dances.”
Zoe: “One of my favourite bits was going on the tour of Clarke Island and I liked how we learnt words from Aboriginal culture. Number one they showed us a traditional dance and called it the kangaroo dance. Then they said to copy them and we went around the area and did the animals; kangaroo, snake and emu. They said we were supposed to walk around like a rainbow serpent. On the boat they showed us how to make a stick with yarn on it.”
James: “I liked the tour of Clark Island because of the didgeridoo performance. I also liked the Aboriginal dance game we played.”
Julian: “I learnt about what Aboriginal children had to do when they got lost. They had to find a casuarina tree and wait for an Aboriginal Elder. It was also very safe because there were spikes that scared off snakes.”