Today we were lucky enough to to spend the morning with top end Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal. He taught us the traditional Dalabon method of line painting, how to light a fire with 2 sticks, and throw a spear with a woomera. It was very enlightening to hear about Manuel's upbringing as well as his current views of town dwelling aborigine's and their struggles with alcohol abuse. His biggest fear is that this amazing culture and the passing on of hunting, language and all other traditions will not pass to the next generations.
We all tried our best with the line painting, that needed lots of concentration and a very steady hand. Once we hunted the girls showed up the boys, who would have gone hungry if it wasn't for the sharing culture of the Dalabon tribe of which we have been adopted to.
Slowly falling in love with this culture we bought some amazing art painted by Reggie Sultan, Jack got his returning boomerang and Mum added to her large musical collection with a didgeridoo hand painted by Manuel.
Another 35 degree day in Katherine so we hit the pool again in the afternoon.
Off to Kakadu tomorrow.
KM's - 48;
Steps - 9,532;
Max Temperature - 35;
Fish - 0;
Pokemon's - 20 (total 135) - another good day
Accomodation - Big4 Katherine $54
Petrol - $0