1st day for 2018

First of May has come and gone. What a great way to open for the season. Sold a Manuel didj and painting in the morning and had Emanuel college in the afternoon with a great bunch of kids. Lots of fun was had by all.

Buttons proved very popular and love all the attention

M to the school groupanuel telling his story

Students and parents did great rarrl paintings

Parents found the rarrk painting relaxing.

A fire was lit

Learning the art of fire lighting with Manuel

Learing how to throw a spear using a woomera

End of the day photo. great fun was had by all



Great start to 2018 season with AATKing coming in on ANZAC Day with a great group from Canada, America and Australia who all thought it was fantastic and a special sharing time. Well done Manuel

manuel helping Jody with her rarrk painting

Richard and Barbara with Manuel

Frank and Trish with Manuel

Jody and Leo with Manuel

Debra getting some help from your teacher Manuel

Andy trying his hand at fire lighting

Franks turn

We have fire

Andy’s rarrk mobile

Trish learning how to throw a spear with a woomera

Go Debra

Getting those fingers right can be tricky

Kate holding Buttons

Gary hit Big Red

Well done Gary

Debra with Buttons



Getting ready for the 2018 season

Manuel stocking up on his paintings for the season

Manuel getting a feed of gooseberries growing in the garden. A fruit he use to eat for breakfast when he was young and still enjoys

Manuel checking out the Red Grevillea growing in our bush tucker garden. He uses the leaves to spice the meat they cook by stuffing leaves into the stomach of the animal. They also lick the flowers to get the honey off the petals.

 



Merry Christmas

As 2017 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the tourists and tour companies who visited us and participated in the Cultural Experience with Manuel or bought didgeridoos, art or souvenirs from us throughout the year and wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Our website is available if anyone would like to purchase art or didgeridoos throughout the year and the Cultural Experience will commence in May, Also we are always contactable by e-mail or phone. With warmest regards from all of us at Top Didj. We look forward to working with you in the New Year! Manuel has a few words to say so check out the video attached. Keep watching for up dates over the wet season. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Click here for Manuel’s Christmas message

 



All the way from Geelong

Fun was had this afternoon with a family from Geelong. The wallabies were cuddled and fed sweet potato. All the family discovered they were all talented artist. A fire was lit but big red gets to see another day. Meg wrote “awesome, we had a great time”. Milla wrote. “Fabulous teacher. Learnt many new skills. Loved it.”Claire and Nigel wrote ” We loved it. Such a fantastic experience hearing the stories and making our own art. thank you” . Thanks for coming we enjoyed our afternnon as well.



Corroboree West Cultural Experience Famil

Thank you for the art lesson and sharing your story. It was an inspiring experience.” This says it all really. Everyone of the agents from Switzerland and Germany loved the fact that is was mostly all interacitve. We got great rarrk paintings done a fire lit BUT big red lives for another day. Our wallabies got lots of cuddles and sweet potato.



Wayoutback

Great Wayoutback group in on Saturday afternoon from Germany, Brisbane, Poland, and Scotland. Even though it reached 40 degrees everyone did very good paintings and said that the experience was excellent, very entertaining and Manuel was a very good teacher.



Film Crew

We had an adventure Group who print Caravan World, Camper Trailer, Adventures, Outdoor and Wanderer magazines, as well as publish Turu.com.au and TravelIn.com.au booking websites come in on the 30th of September to film and take images of two lovely families doing the cultural experience with Manuel. The children were very young but Manuel kept them interested throughout the experience. Their paintings were really good. Their fire technique impressive and once they get more strength they will get the ember burning. Big red nearly got hit but was lucky for another day. Wallabies received lots of cuddles.  Judi Sally’s mum did the best Echidna paitning, wrote “a wonderful hands-on day. It will forever be etched in our memories. Thank you so much for the experience.” Rob and Sally  wrote “fantastic experience. We loved Manuel’s explanation and his story. Artwork and hunting were great and the kids love it.” The Godfredson family wrote. “G’day manuel. You are a great story teller and awesome artist. thanks for sharing with us. Go Tigers!!! So we know this family are very happy after the AFL final.

Godfredson Family



a great way to spend 2.5 hours learning and having fun

It’s been all about learning and and having fun at Top Didj. Fay says it was a refreshing approach to learning more about indigenous culture. Murray and Sharon said it was awesome and really a previllage to meet Manuel and hear his story and learn some of his culture.  Catherine from the UK said. ” Maneul is a very welcoming humble man who was open and happy to share his story and support us during the painting.  I especially enjoyed hitting the kangaroo with the speat at the end.” The wallabies received lots of cuddles as well.

Some of our stock . Birds made out of buffalo horns and carved out of wood. Woven pandamus baskets

Kurun Warun painting and some of our stock of Oooroo Australia hand screen printed on linen bags




Educational Experience

Again we have been getting “awesome time, Engaging and enjoyable, informative, interesting, learnt a lot”, and of course all said Manuel was a good teacher and they loved his personality. Still getting tourist through but it has slowed down as the weather warms up.

 




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