19 June 2017

Cultural immersion camp #1


The first of two cultural immersion camps to Kakadu ended on Sunday, with our cultural education team taking people for a cultural experience, under the guidance of local traditional owners. Campers hunted, learnt law and talked about culture for four days and nights. The highlight- catching and eating a massive water python! Dr Emma Smith, GP registrar (pictured centre) shares her experience.

Dr Emma Smith

GP registrar

The location and the people that we spent time with were amazing, and we learned so much from them. We learned to hunt for pandanus and bush dyes and bush foods, to make weaving materials and make bangles and baskets. We learned about skin and kinship and related to each other in that way to "learn by doing", we learned about working in remote communities and clinics, ate bush food (snake, barramundi, catfish!) and so much more that I can't even list here. It was more than could be expected thanks the team who made it happen and I'm so grateful.

Thank you so much to Richie and Lizzie for their efforts and care of us, and for sharing their family connections.

Camp #2 will be held this week (June 22-25).