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Sophie's Australia Adventure


Sunday, May 31, 2009

We woke up in our swags. From there, it was on to the bus for a six hour drive to Uluru. We ended up behind schedule due to the muddy roads, but we made good time and arrived at Uluru- aka Ayers Rock- only a little bit late. The very nice people at Anangu Waii stayed late to let us finish our activities. First, we learned how to make kiti (bush glue) from Cassidy Uluru, an Aboriginal. He also talked a little bit about the tools used by men, women, and children in the Aboriginal Culture. The Aborigine used the same techniques for over 20,000 years, and only stopped about 50 years ago. After this, we got the chance to make our own "dot" paintings. Cassidy pointed out that it is strange that they are called dot paintings, since the important part of the painting is the symbols, not the surrounding dots. When we were done painting, we drove over to the west side of Uluru (the side you'll see more pictures of) to take some pictures. We were meant to watch the sun set over the huge rock, but you can't really have a sunset with no sun!

We then finally retired to our hotel rooms at the resort. We ate an Aussie style barbeque dinner and enjoyed some Australian music. I cannot wait for tomorrow's camel ride. Good night!


sogavi said...

What did your dot painting tell?

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Aboriginal Culture