Larrakia Coastal Plant Use Walk
This term, our Stage 2 Health class has been investigating Indigenous Australian history and health issues. On Friday 29 May, the class participated in a Larrakia Coastal Plant Use Walk led by Lorraine Williams. The walk was conducted from the lookout near Darwin High School and continued on towards Mindil Beach. Lorraine is a respected elder from Larrakia. Her experience includes working for Parks and Wildlife and she currently works with INPEX identifying artefacts.
The purpose of participating in this walk was for students to gain insights into Indigenous culture and the importance of the connection to land. Students gained an understanding of traditional Indigenous ways of life, and the importance of preserving Indigenous stories and cultural practices so they are not lost over time. Students tried drinking from Pandanus leaves and eating 'smelly cheese fruit'. They were fascinated by the many nutritional and medicinal purposes of native plants and the ways in which Indigenous people utilise the land.