Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be an Indigenous Australian?
On Thursday the 19th of July 4L had a visit from Murrundindi. Murrundindi is an Indigenous Australian. He played the didgeridoo and made animal noises. He showed us the tools that Indigenous Australians used to live and hunt with! He told us that indigenous people used to throw boomerangs and break animals’ necks to eat food. The indigenous people used the skins of animals like possums and kangaroos as coats. He also talked about his ancestors and he told us that right now he was the leader of his clan and he is going to pass it on to someone in his family. . when they had to sign documents, the Indigenous Australians used to make a cut on their thumb and the blood was used as their signatures. Murrundindi told us that in the past John Batman was a protector of indigenous people, even though lots of people thought john batman had not been kind to them. He showed us how to make a fire but he said that he couldn’t make a fire himself. He said that his brother could in about 60 seconds. Murrundundi told us that every day he tries to help someone, like today he went to Mcdonalds and saw a man sitting on the floor and he told Murrundindi that he hadn’t eaten for a couple of days. So Murrundindi asked “do you want a meal?” and the man said “yes please i would like a big mac” then Murrundindi got him a big mac. The man was very grateful and a tear ran down his eye. We also found out that Aboriginals used possum fur to make a FOOTBALL! Murrundindi told us that indigenous people invented the football. Something else important that we learnt is that the mountain behind Healesville sanctuary is shaped as an eagle and is special to the indigenous people of Victoria.
Reflection by Jaela, Thiseni and Amelia