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Warriparinga and the Ibis

"We Rise by Lifting Others" ~Robert Ingersoll

Sorry I have not updated in awhile. I'm about to do two big updates so stay tuned for adventures in Sydney!

Day 11: June 1
Field trip day! Today we visited the Kaurna Cultural Centre in the Warriparinga Wetlands. First we took a tour around the land area and learned about the dreaming story of how the land was created. Aboriginal dreaming stories are about how something came to be like a particular land area, animal, tree, etc. There is a difference between dreaming stories and the dreamtime. Dreamtime is when the Earth was actually created, dreaming is a subset. The story of how this land area was made goes like this Tjilburke was out hunting with his nephews when he became separated from them tracking an emu. He eventually found them and when he found them his nephew had killed the emu he had been hunting. This is against aboriginal law because the emu belonged to Tjilburke. His nephew apologized and Tjilburke accepted this and went on to hunt some more. When he came back some of the other hunters had killed his nephew because they thought that was just punishment for him breaking the law. Tjilburke was upset with the other hunters and killed them off and carried his nephews body to a burial site and everywhere he rested his tears created a freshwater spring. His grief led him to give up his body as a man and turned into the ibis found in the area today and used in many symbols in the area today. Apart from the dreaming story the area is also known for holding many large festivals in the aborigine community because of all the fresh water source the area was able to support a lot of people at one time.

After our tour around the centre we had an hour or so break before we had to be back for an art workshop. Since everything is closed on a Monday morning for no apparent reason we decided to venture into the local hospital to the cafe for a quick snack. Apparently this was a poor decision for multiple reasons. For one, one of the guys from our trip ate tuna from a can that he got out of the vending machine it was pretty gross if I do say so myself. Who knows how long that stuff has been in there. For two, because my family decided to load the find my friends app so they could track my wear abouts my mom saw that I had been in the hospital for an hour. Shout out to Merbeth for being a concerned parent and actually emailed the professor asking if I was okay. Thats one precise app and one watchful mom!

We left the hospital and headed back to the centre for an aboriginal art lesson from an aborigine. This was probably the highlight of the field trip for me because since I was little I found aboriginal culture and art fascinating. It was interesting to hear the perspective from a real aboriginal who functions in the modern world but still practice the traditional roles of a woman in aboriginal culture, which consisted of pots carving, painting, weaving, amongst other things. One interesting tid bit I picked up was that aboriginal families each have a totem and throughout there life they work to protect the totem. The aborigine that taught us her totem was the black swan. So she does not eat or use anything from the black swan. It's kind of like a sacred figure for them and each family has there own. It would kind of suck if your totem was the emu because they tend to use that animal for a lot of their products.

After our workshop, we headed to Brighton Beach for lunch where I enjoyed a chicken schnitzel sandwich and some chips. Brighton beach is of course another beautiful coastline of Australia. One of the best things about Australian beaches is there usually no one there. So you pretty much have the beach to yourself. A unique thing about Brighton Beach is that it had really hard sand great for playing cricket! Too bad we didn't have a cricket bat with us. Turns out that our Professors sister lives right off Brighton beach and we ended the day at her house enjoying some tea and delectable pastries in a cozy little beach house. It was interesting to see our professor interact with his sister. You could definitely see some sibling rivalry. She and her husband were lovely people and very welcoming. A great way to end the day.

I'm going to just list out the next couple of days because wee did a lot of work with little play:
Day 12: June 2
Class- Cross Culture Psych, Energy (What is involved in energy politics?)
Got my nosed pierced
Bit of shopping
Smoked some hookah

Day 13: June 3
Class- Cross Culture Psych (Perception), Energy (Does climate change exist?)
Worked in the apartment
Packed for Sydeny

Day 14: June 4
Class- Cross Culture Psych (research project work), Energy (Nuclear Power debate, my team won)
Left for Sydney
Arrived in Sydney made our way to Epping
Got a little bit lost
made it to the beautiful Perch house (our accommodation)
Dinner at Kenny Gourment Chef


Posted by kmnelsen 02:13 Archived in Australia

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Ok, for those of you who don't know me, I pride myself on being one "cool" mom and not one "watchful" mom. As I explained to Kate's professor, I am generally not a worrier. That was maybe the second time I looked up Kate using the app (and believe me, I have rarely looked since). This is a very good example of "too much info" not being a good thing.

What exactly is a chicken schnitzel sandwich? So glad Kate is safe and loving her time in OZ.

by Merbeth

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