Please take a look at this sample 10 Day Itinerary.
This can be modified to suit your school and desired educational outcomes.
You can choose from the following activities which may be included in the Homeland cultural program:
YOLŊU LANGUAGE LESSONS
- Students are introduced to initial words and phrases and learn how to meet & greet each other.
- Students learn phrases about family and general well-being and practice phrases in pairs.
- Students learn about flora and fauna and how to count.
- Yolŋu sign language: learning how to sign important words and play games including making skits in sign language that the other students have to guess and interpret.
PREPARING DINNER AND MAKING FIRE
- Students will learn how the Yolŋu have made fires for thousands of years using the friction method
- Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations.
- Through song, dance, painting and storytelling, which express the dreaming stories, the Yolŋu have maintained a link with the Dreaming from ancient times to today.
- Students will have the opportunity to listen to some of the dreaming stories of the local area and the chance to learn their significance
PREPARATION OF PANDANUS LEAVES FOR BASKET WEAVING
- For thousands of years women have collected Gunga (pandanus leaves used for weaving) and woven them into baskets. Students will learn to collect Gunga (pandanus leaves), prepare them and dye them in preparation for basket weaving.
- Students will weave their prepared pandanus leaves into a small item that they will take home with them.
- The process, which may often take weeks, will take a few days during their stay at the Homeland.
- Story telling and sharing is part of the process as much as making a finished product.
BUSH TUCKER/GATHERING: GATHERING AND PREPARATION
- Gathering mud crabs, looking for wild honey, making bread, cooking wallaby, turtle egg gathering, collecting shellfish, collecting herbal leaves for tea and bush medicines.
Note: Not all can be done during time in Homeland
- Flower charts are essential to hunting & gathering alongside principles of stewardship and conservation. Students will be shown examples of how different flowers and plants assist in knowing what and when to gather and hunt and when to conserve species.
- Learning and participation in a full traditional dance or Bunggul. Students will learn the history and significance of the dance and the basic steps. They will participate in the dance over two nights.