Learning experiences offered by Ernie Grant
and the Dyirbal people who have inhabited the rainforest country
near Tully, 150 kilometres south of Cairns in Australia's Tropical
North Queensland, since time immemorial. Spend four days exploring
the area and learning the ancient wisdoms of one of Australia's
indigenous peoples, living on the edge of a tropical rainforest
- environmental, spiritual and cultural wisdoms. Learn some of
the mysteries of the rainforest, and learn about knowledge and
learning in another culture..
Ernie and his people will take you on a
fascinating journey into their culture within pre-contact, contact
post-contact contexts. This trip will provide a rare opportunity
for those interested in knowing more about the history and cultures
of Australian Aboriginal peoples and in exploring their contemporary
relationships with non-Indigenous society.
The learning focus of the field trip will
be determined by the Indigenous Australians providing the teaching
activities. This will not only reflect the diversity of the Indigenous
Australian experience but will also enable participants to gain
valuable insights into the dynamic nature of Australian Aboriginal
WHEN: Pick-up at 9am, Wednesday, 12 July in Cairns,
far north Queensland and return to Cairns, by Noon, Sunday, 16
This trip is planned to provide a 4 day/4
night odyssey following the Learning Conference in Melbourne.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE
* Bunkhouse accommodation at El Rancho
del Rey (previously a cattle station) located in magnificent
countryside near the Davidson River
* All food (including lunch by the beach
at Wongaling Beach near (Mission Beach) - come prepared to take
a swim in the sea!
* All learning experiences (including visit
to Crocodile Farm and the Dyirbal people.)
* All transfers to and from Cairns
Minimum twenty participants, maximum thirty.
Closing date for Applications: 1 May 2000.
There will also be an opportunity to visit
the Great Barrier reef during your time in Cairns before or after
the Indigenous Learning Experience (to be arranged through the
Cairns hotel, and at your own expense).
Register on the main conference registration