Aboriginal Cultural Experience
Cultural Interaction In Katherine
Prices: $70 Adult, $45 Child (3-15)
Session times: 9:30am, 2:30pm 7 days a week from May to October
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The Top Didj Cultural Experience is a two and a half hour activity that is available for 2 sessions per day. Visitors can interact with Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about aboriginal culture whilst being educated on the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land.
The highlight of the Cultural Experience and what sets it apart from other cultural experiences, is the painting style which is demonstrated by an aboriginal artist.
Other key activities included in the Cultural Experience are:
Cultural Talk - Manuel Pamkal, winner of the Tourism NT Brolga award in 2013, for outstanding interpretive guide, is happy to talk about growing up in the bush, cultural differences, tribal life and his own family tree after playing a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo.
Painting – Manuel will teach the technique of Rarrk painting (Cross Hatch). Visitors will then paint their own artwork to take home as their souvenir.
Fire Lighting – Visitors have an opportunity to participate in the ancient craft of lighting a fire by rubbing two extraordinary stick together and be fascinated by the story describing the two sticks.
Boomerang Throwing – Visitors are then given a brief history and are taught how to throw a remarkable object- the boomerang.
Spear Throwing – Our resident guide Manuel explains the use of a Woomera and Spear to perfectly hit the target that is a fake kangaroo.
After the hands on activities, visitors then have an opportunity to look at the Aboriginal Art Gallery and have a cup of coffee or cool drink. They are able to purchase souvenirs along with artwork from the gallery.
Visitors can interact with some of Australia’s wildlife as there are always joey wallabies around – Alex and Petrena are both wild life carers.
“We can provide flexibility to cater for small or large groups. Our experience is also a perfect addition to school excursions and conference groups.”
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