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Year 10 Camp

Location: Tiwi Island - Tarntipi Bush Camp

Duration:  2 nights, 3 days Term 3

Theme: TARNTIPI BUSH CAMP is a key outcome of an enduring friendship and collaboration between Edward Portaminni and Michael Massingham. This extends back to 1984, when Teddy and Michael met as teachers at Xavier Boys School on Bathurst Island. An on-country experience out to Tarntipi Bush Camp where participants have an opportunity to raise their awareness and understanding of Tiwi culture and contemporary issues. Participants will be provided with information and activities which assists in generating ideas about Tiwi culture. The focus of the experience is raising cultural awareness by visiting ‘country’ and sharing time with local Tiwi families.

Activities include:

  • Welcome to Country
  • Guided Beach walk - Fishing
  • Bushwalk to waterhole - swim
  • Tiwi stories around the Camp fire
  • Bush-tucker walk/bush medicine talk
  • Damper making
  • Visit local art agencies
  • Engagement with the local school
  • Activities will depend on tides and local conditions. The program can be discussed and confirmed closer to the date upon discussion between Tiwi elders and staff. Participants will be expected to assist with the day-to-day runnings of the camp – for example: collecting firewood, cleaning,