Tjapukai Aborigin Park is a great place to explore the Aborigin life, with our son. Lots of attractions, shows, lessons, meals and souvenirs.
Language, music, traditions, marriages, social life, art, guns, food, medicine, everything is very traditional and unique to that far end of planet earth. They are originally, so perfectly suiting with the environment and nature. I understood that, Australian government is trying to promote the Aborigins to live their traditional lives and speak their own language, but I can not think how they can live with their traditions, while many others enjoy the life with internet and smart phones. They are named to be “Australian citizen” and have right to go to hospital for instance. So, how their medicine traditions and knowledge will pass to next generations, while they have chance to be taken care of in modern hospitals. They have right to go to public schools with all other children. Why should they light the fire with sticks, when there is a lighter? Why they should play instruments for communication, while they can just phone someone? Why they should try to collect their food from the forest, while they know, there are loads of them in the supermarket? How will they not forget, to survive in the forests? Why should they hunt a kangaroo, when they know there is a world called McDonalds?
In Europe, it is very hard to see traditions of thousands of years. Everybody is somehow assimilated to the life around them. Migration to big cities and learning to live a “better” life with so many smart developments, decrease the differences with countries, religions, ethnic groups or whatever. Sometimes, I would think of archaeologists, dig my home let’s say 500 years later. What would they think as “the original”? A piano from Moscow, TV from Korea, furniture from Italy, a treadmill walker from Norway, lots of Chinese toys… How would they think our traditions were?
OK, OK, let’s return to the park.
First we had an open buffet meal. Not so many kinds, but enough to choose some. Than we watched some show about life of rain forest people and learned to play didgeridoo.
Than we walked to the other part of the park from a bridge (Above) to watch the dances and music. Also to see how Aboriginals light fire and to learn about their food and medicines.
Than we went to take some lessons about how to use a boomerang and throw a spear.
Not finished yet… Than an Aborigin girl painted our son, for him to become a powerful spear thrower and explained to us their artwork, how they make the paints and how they use them.
And our final stop at park was the souvenir shop, to buy some CDs and t-shirts.
Might sound a bit touristy, but well, we are tourists and this is the only way to find out the Aborigin life, and it is really a very nice park to explore with children.
Next: A day out for ocean spirit.