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Written by Hannah Snowy River Campus Student Term 3 2013   

The other day we had an Indigenous perspectives class, we went down to East Cape beach and met Kylie and Jade. They are two Indigenous relatives who live in the Marlo area. We split into two groups; one group went with Kylie and learnt about “women’s business”, she showed us different types of weaving and baskets and what sort of materials they use. She told us stories about what it was like to be an Indigenous girl growing up. It seems like it would of been really hard for them. She told us what they do around the fire and how there is a special connection with them and the land.

Indigenous Perspectives

The other group went with Jade and we learnt about the different shields of each tribe. He showed us weapons that they made out of sticks and a rock. They were used for killing animals and also as an axe.

It was an interesting day and I enjoyed learning more about the Indigenous culture. It will also help us with criteria 3 in our passports which is Indigenous. It was good to be outside on the beach as well!

Hannah - Mount Beauty Secondary College.


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