Our cultural activities demonstrate
how life was for the local Rainforest Aboriginal people. You will learn many of the required
principles of rainforest life through demonstration and participation.
Learn about traditional Aboriginal life at Echo Creek.
Echo Creek Adventure & Cultural Camp
Aboriginal Weaving - You will be given a short historical passage regarding the importance of weaving with local resident artist and weaver Tonya Grant. After this Tonya will have you weave your own wrist bracelet from the natural fibres of the lawyer cane.
Torres Strait Coconut Leaf Weaving - You will have the chance to create a variety of items through weaving the young leaf of the coconut tree. The creativity that can come from a natural fibre such as a coconut leaf will leave you astounded and impressed with your creations.
You will have the opportunity to listen to the local traditional owners telling local dreamtime stories and then have the opportunity to put your creativity to use by painting the story onto a boomerang. This you can keep and take home with you as a momento of your stay at Echo Creek.
You will learn the local language of the Jirrbal people by aboriginal elder and highly esteemed educator Mr Ernie Grant. Mr Grant is able to provide students with some very interactive language activities. This will include naming parts of your body by looking at diagrams and then saying the body part in language, this has proven very successful with past students and children.
Mija Hut Building
You will learn how to construct a mija (hut) which was a form of shelter for aboriginal rainforest people. This knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. A great interactive group session.
Down River Walk and Body Painting
You will be guided down our nearby river with our traditional Jirrbal guide and given an interpretation on how aboriginal people sustained life using the valuable plant and animal life of the river. They only took what they needed to survive. When you are there you will also be shown the different ochre’s that were used in ceremonial times and have the chance to paint yourselves in ceremonial colours.