Arnhem Land, Mapuru Homeland Community (day 51 - 61)

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Day 1 - On our first day in Mapuru we went detong 🐃 hunting at the wetlands. And one of the Yolngu men shot a detong first go! After we caught the detong, we collected the tree branches for the spears we that the were going to make the next day. That night we cooked the delicious detong and ate it for dinnner.

 These were the tree branches that we made for our spears. 

These were the tree branches that we made for our spears. 

Day 2 - Today everyone straightened their spear branches, put the prongs into the spears and sharpened the tips.

Day 3 - Today everyone made a bullman which the Aborigines use for throwing spears. 

Day 4 - This morning we drove on a really tough 4 wheel drive track down to a nice beach which had the whitest sand that I had ever stood on!  And we stayed there for 2 nights.

 This is the Giant Trevally that I caught.  

This is the Giant Trevally that I caught.  

Day 5 - Today we woke up with the sound of the warm water splashing on the white sand. Then we went fishing and we caught 2 sharks, 4 rock hods, 2 queen fish  and I caught a giant trevally,  and it was giant! That night we cooked all the fish and ate them all!

Day 6 - The next day we went fishing but since it was really windy we only caught one fish. When we were walking back to where we were camping one of the Yolngu men saw a saltwater crocodile in the distance! After lunch another one of the Yolngu men saw a crocodile close to the waters edge! So we all got our spears that we had made. One of the Yolngu hit it on the nose but the croc just swam away. That night they saw the croc again so they got the gun out and one the Yolngu shot it!

Day 7 - Today the Yolngu showed us how to cook the croc just with rocks, paperbark and sand, without getting any sand on it! After cooking the croc we left the awesome beach. When we got back to Mapuru village I went over to the women's camp and we soon left to a little camping spot on a cliff.

Day 8 - This morning we collected what the Yolngu call gunga which means pandanus leaves for weaving baskets. Then the Yolngu stripped the gunga and then died the gunga with natural colours such as yellow which we got from tree roots called djundum. When we got back, I did some weaving with the Yolngu women.

 This is the crocodile that the Yolngu caught.

This is the crocodile that the Yolngu caught.

Day 9 - Today I went with the men to a small camping spot next to a little lake. Me and some of the other kids started burning dead trees and starting bushfires!

 This is a bushfire that all the kids lit.  

This is a bushfire that all the kids lit.  

 This is the traditional dancing that we did.  

This is the traditional dancing that we did.  

 These are some baskets that the Yolngu wove for us.  

These are some baskets that the Yolngu wove for us.  

Day 10 final day! - This morning one of the trees that we burnt the night before fell down! Then we packed up and left the camping spot and drove back to Mapuru village. When we got back we started putting white clay on our faces, legs, and bodies for the traditional dancing. Some of the men played clapsticks and didgeridoos while we all danced. We did a dingo dance, a crocodile dance, an emu dance, a rat dance and some others. After the traditional dancing me and some other kids had and outside disco with music blasting at full volume. After our kids disco we went to bed. 

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This is the beach that we went to.