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You will experience the culture, listening to Dreaming stories, singing songs (which hold the sounds of the place) around the camp fire at night and the thrill of gathering, catching food, cooking it and eating it on an open fire. It is an opportunity to appreciate the Earth, our mother, the land and the spirits in the land and waters of Gumbaynggirr country.
Uncle Micklo is a dynamic person with a contagious enthusiasm for life. This week you can be guaranteed to have fun while exploring another way of seeing the world.
Structure of the course:
Monday will be spent at Bellingen High School. Tuesday we will travel to Gaagal Waangan, where we will set up camp. Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday we will be camping and experiencing living and learning, with Uncle Micklo and from the land itself. Thursday afternoon we will return to Bellingen. Friday we will be back at BHS and expect to celebrate our time together before winding up around lunchtime on Friday.
Access to the camp site is via water. Canoes will carry the people. Children will need to wear lifejackets. There will be a boat for carrying the equipment.
Participants: This course is for 10 people only. All need to be comfortably mobile to get in and out of canoes, walk up sand-hills and manage sleeping out. Families are welcome, children need to be accompanied by parent/s or grandparents. It is preferable for children to be at least 6 years old.
• Native food gathering. (oysters, mussels, pippies, fish, crabs, water, jidi, plants).
• Digging for a freshwater (well).
• Traditional Fire Making & cooking.
• Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Stories around a camp fire.
• Learning Gumbaynggirr Language & Traditional songs.
• Bush Walking.
• Body art.
Uncle Michael is a well-respected Gumbaynggirr man. His ancestors belong to the sea and rainforests of the Nambucca River. In his current position of Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Language and Cultural Teacher, Michael is responsible for the quality of the Gumbaynggirr language programs across the region. He supports Gumbaynggirr language teachers with their planning and classroom presentation and provides professional development for the teachers. Michael also sings traditional and contemporary Gumbaynggirr songs in a local band. Apart from earning qualifications in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Bachelor of Teaching from Macquarie University and a Masters in Indigenous Language Education from Sydney University, Michael has found time to be a father of 13 children and a grandfather of three. This is Michael's third time as a tutor at Camp Creative.