Australian aboriginal culture is the oldest continuous culture in the world. Tribal groups had their own languages, traditions, and customs, many of which still exist today.
Introduce your students to a 40,000-year-old culture, and see what parallels exist between Australian aborigines and the indigenous people of their home country.
Any of the following can be combined into your custom educational tour in Australia:
Meet with and talk to members of Australia's last remaining rainforest culture. By walking in the rainforest with an aboriginal elder, learn how aboriginal people found their food, made fire, found medicine and even soap from what the Daintree rainforest had to offer. View important rock art, and understand the culture's rites of passage and traditions.
The didgeridoo is an integral part of ceremonial and spiritual life, and perhaps the most meaningful symbols of aboriginal Australia. Under the instruction of an indigenous family, create your own didgeridoo and then learn how to properly play it. Then take this unique souvenir of Australia home with you.
Yes, they actually come back to you! Understand the significance of the boomerang and how they were cleverly used for hunting. From gentle aboriginal guides, learn proper thowing technique and what makes them return.
Witness a dance performance at an aboriginal culture park. Held in an outdoor theatre set in anatural forest amphitheatre, watch a live performance celebrating traditional Tjapukai corroborees and song.
Catch Food the Traditional Way
Let two brothers of the Kuku Yalanji tribe help your students find mud crabs, mussels, and other "bush tucker" (food) among the mangroves. Then learn how to throw spears to catch seafood the traditional way, and cook up what you've caught.
Community Service Work
Participate in service work with the goal of helping an aboriginal community become economically sustainable. Projects in The Red Centre include helping refurbish a church, plant a vegetable garden and expand a school. In return for their hard work students get to learn traditional methods of gathering bush tucker (food), dot painting and jewellery making from the indigenous elders.
Camp on the property of an indigenous family, eat a delicious dinner prepared in the traditional underground way, and then listen to their creation stories around a bonfire.
Your Own Custom Educational Tour - Australia
Through Small World Journeys' relationships with members of the Yidinji, Tjapukai and Kuku Yalanji clans, we can match the cultural learning objectives of any student group. Contact us to learn more about how your students can benefit from one of our Educational Adventures.
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See our trips with an aboriginal culture element: