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Good start to the week

Melinda, Bob and Nick came in this morning as Melinda wanted to do her own painting.  What a good job she did painting an Echidna.  Melinda wrote. ” Thanks Manuel for all your teaching.  Very fun.  We enjoyed ourselves and wish I could do it again.”  The afternoon group was Way Outback Tours.  Chizo the tour guide, “Great knowledge and stories from Manuel, will bring more people here.” Zoerg from Germany wrote “great experience, very interesting. thanks.  Joke from Belgium wrote “Thanks for sharing your knowledge about your culture Manuel.  I learned alot.  Sue and Brent from the Central Coast of NSW wrote. ” Manuel, wonderful at telling us his history.  Thankyou for sharing and your patience with my painting.

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Old and new friends

John and Sue Kent who met Manuel 5 years ago at the Barunga Festival came and did a CE with their family also with Amber and Walter another couple from Holland.  Sue and John wrote. ” Thankyou Manuel for a most enjoyable morning.  It was so nice to see you again.  Best wishes and thanks to Alex and Petrena.”  Katryna their daughter wrote. “Thank you so very much it was such a great experience.  The kids had so much fun learning how to paint, make fire and throw a spear.  Will definitley recommend.”  Amber and Walter wrote” What  a nice, relaxing and educational way to spend a very hot day in Katherine.  Thanks Manuel for your interesting lessons. The guys all got the fire lit and Sue hit big red.

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Q Sunday

Alex and I attended the October Business Month dinner on Saturday night which was informative.  All about social media.  We were lucky enough to be sitting with Clare Maradani, who runs a series of workshops in Darwin through the year called Little Black Book.  Interested?  Checkout the lastest Territory Q with Mark Bouris on the front cover to find out more.  Bula our Agile wallaby thought he would take a look!!  Clare came on Sunday morning with her kids Duke and Indira and sister Andrea.  Clare wrote. ” Thank you Manuel. Best day ever-goes perfectly with cruise at the Katherine Gorge”. Andrea wrote. “Petrena, Alex  and Manuel thank you for your great hospitality…Great Experience.  We also had Peter and Ingrid all the way from Holland on their honeymoon who said. ” Great Experience.  You are beautiful persons.  We are Dalabon now!!!! xx  Oooh Thank you Peter and Ingrid.  We hope you enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in the Territory.

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Good start to the weekend

Saturday morning we had Nigel, Michelle, Grace and Jade turn up to do a CE. They wrote. “Thank you for a great experience. Manuel was very friendly and taught us and the kids a great lot about his culture. Highly recommed”. In the afternoon we had Elisa and Nathan and the Hayes Family. ” Wonderful experience-so much fun and hugley educational. Thank You Manuel” Sarah Hayes wrote. ” Amazing, never seen anything as incredible. Thankyou. Charlotte wrote. ” Cute wallabies” and added lots of smiley faces.
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Firelighting with Manuel

Check out the link on YouTube highlighting the firelighting technique, Dalabon way, with Manuel at Top Didj Cultural Experience.




Great morning

Another couple from the Netherlands did the CE today with an Aussie family travelling half way around Australia. Tim and Anita wrote. ” Thank you for your warm and wonderful wlecome. This is a great experinece! We wish you all the best. The Clough family wrote. ” Thanyou so much for assisting us create special memories as well as special artwork. Teaching our kids about all of our country is made easier with you helping”

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Hot but not bothered

The weather might be hot but once everyone gets into the swing of the CE the weather is forgotten and concentration kicks in.  Fun was had by all again at Top Didj.  The Kelly family wrote “The stories and insight into Aboriginal culture was very educational.  Manuel was great too! We enjoyed everything.” Nyree and Oscar wrote  “A fantasitc experience, especially for my 6 year old who said he enjoyed this the most out of his trip to NT so far. Thanks Manuel for a realistic and informative talk.”  Megan from Texas wrote ” Absolutley wonderful! I can’t wait to tell all my friends and family about it.  Thank you.”   Justine and Paul wrote ” Manuel was an excellent educator and very welcoming.  It is great to be able to take home some artwork and lots of wonderful potos. Thank you”  The Pollstena family wrote ” Manuel was fantastic, very knowlegeable and gave us lots of interesting facts.  The kids loved the presnetation, it was my sons favourite thing all holdiday and it takes a lot to impress him.”

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Busy start to week

Another big week with the East Coast holidays into there second week and the NT into its one and only holdiday week. Lots of families from Darwin have been calling in which has been great. Sacred Earth came in yesterday and we had two families this morning. Sacred Earth Safaris group Catherine and Iain from England wrote “Excellent-very informative – great to hear the culture and to take part” Ann Said it was “great fun”. The Halliday family wrote “It ws a fantastic morning-thankyou. We really enjoyed the painting, firelighting and spear throwing and especially hearing your stories Manuel. It was really interesting. The wallabies are cute too! The Ticehurst family wrote ” Manuel was warm and welcoming. He is a treasure and I hope he can be an inspiration to younger aboriginal people.
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Ted looks very interested in this fire lighting


Thinks the stick my tase good

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Can you see the spear?


Find the spear?



Good shot Joel

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Friday CE

Busy Busy on Friday still getting tourist through because of the school holidays. Some just coming in to look around feed a wallaby and then head off to Nitmiluk Gorge. Friday morning in the cool part of the day we had families do the Cultural Experience. Steven, who hit big red, Michelle ,Heidi and Gemma from Melbourne wrote “A wonderful experience. Manuel was a great presenter”. Carolyn and Maverick from Canberra said “Loved thowing the spear. Painting very hard but love learning about it. ” Isabelle and Mia said “We liked the painting.  Thank you very much.

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Big Thursday

We had a slow start to Thursday with just Simone and Kornelis from Holland who had Manuel all to themselves. They wrote. “Great personality Manuel. Very patient. Thank you for this experience.” Then in the afternoon we had 40 students from Nightcliff Primary come and learn some aboriginal culture from Manuel. What a great group of students, asking very relevant questions and doing their best when learning how to do a rarrk painting with help from Ron and Manuel. It was not easy but they did an acceptional job and I’m sure they went away with a greater appreciation of aboriginal art. George from Conway station came and picked up all the skulls Manuel painted.  the looked fantastic.

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