Indigenous Experience

Out of a desert experience comes hope - this is a theme that the students at Marian College have an opportunity to experience annually. Students have the chance to go to Central Australia and spend 9 days with Anangu Pitjantjatjara people of Central Australia. The experience was established by Nganyinytja and llyatjari, the founding Elders, to teach visitors the sacred significance of their Tjukurpa (Creation or Dreaming law). By sharing this traditional knowledge they hoped to keep their culture and country alive.

The trip is a truly life changing journey. Everyday brings something new and exciting that allows each participant to experience opportunities that are rare and special. From eating maku (witchetty grub) and kangaroo tail, to meeting the Aboriginal people and hearing their stories, the trip enables students and staff to gain a deeper insight into the richness and diversity of the indigenous culture. Every person that participates in the trip learns about themselves and the way in which we view the world and our society. We learn and realise the extent of the struggles within Aboriginal communities and the hardships many young Aboriginal people face when they are expected to be two people at the same time. Both students and staff who have share in this experience describe it as one of the most enriching and educational weeks of their lives.

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