After one night at Glen Helen Gorge, we headed
back towards Alice Springs for a 'Bush Tucker Experience'
Here we were told how the aboriginal people managed to live off
the land for thousands of years; we were shown examples of 'bush
tucker' and could sample a variety of yummy treats. Such
as seeds, berries, ants and most gruesome of all the witchetty
grub - which looks like a giant maggot.
Only a few brave souls were tempted by the Wychetti grub; (I think
only Graham, Mark Hannah and Attila had a go). Apparently
you have to put it in your mouth and crunch it because it 'explodes'
in your mouth. Just nibbling it will make a real mess.
As well as learning about 'bush tucker', our guide told us about
aboriginal culture and the aboriginal theory of creation; the dreamtime. Without
a written history, information is passed down from generation to
generation in the form of pictures, song and dance. There
were some aboriginal people from the Walpiri tribe with some quite
beautiful art on display and for sale. They also demonstrated
some of their traditional dances at a corroborree - these dances
being not for entertainment, but for education.
In the afternoon, we paid a visit to the RFDS station
in Alice Springs - on the way back we stopped off at Simpson's
Gap to have a group photo taken.