Ubirr- Basket weaving and rock art

Looking into Arnhem land.

Looking into Arnhem land.

Turtle rock art.

Turtle rock art.

More rock art

More rock art

Lilianna grinding root to make colour to dye pandanus.

Lilianna grinding root to make colour to dye pandanus.

Marcella being shown how to do it by older child.

Marcella being shown how to do it by older child.

Elijah and Amelia working hard.

Elijah and Amelia working hard.

The fire heating up the dye making process.

The fire heating up the dye making process.

A basket that Patty had made.

A basket that Patty had made.

Rosalee demonstrating her weaving skills.

Rosalee demonstrating her weaving skills.

After I recovered from a bout of the dreaded gout (twisted ankle climbing down Gunlom falls) and the girls had recovered from their vomiting bug, we headed to Ubirr to do some basket weaving. The two local indigenous ladies Patty and Clara and the ranger Annie helped us all learn how to delaminate the pandanus leaves strip them, make colours red, brown and purple and dye the pandanus in boiling water on the camp fire. After this first hour we then spent the next hour making a pandanus bracelet, we chose what colours we wanted to use for our bracelet.

The kids all had fun making these bracelets, whilst Rosalee and myself helped the younger ones with theirs.

After this session we headed to Ubirr Rock Art site and walked around this area, the art was pretty spectacular and seemed like there was a lot of bragging about the size of various fish and turtles that had been caught down the ages and recorded on the wall.

Rosalee and Elijah looked over the escarpement to see Arnhem land out in the distance.

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