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Wadandi Heritage, Archaeology, Surf and Landcare Camp

December 10, 2019

2020

 

A collaboration to facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and outdoor skills - and contribute to stronger community health and well-being through culture-specific programs.

 

Undalup Association, Wadandi Cultural Leaders, Applied Archaeology International, and (living legend) Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy are pleased to announce an camp and internship opportunity based in Wadandi Boodja (Margaret River), southwestern Australia.   The 2020 summer program will integrate with workshops and cultural camps with a variety of partners.  At the same time, you will participate in archaeological and environmental studies on public and private land, heritage preservation projects, and be part of an international cultural exchange.  You will also get hands-on lessons in surfing and kayaking with experts in water knowledge and safety, appreciating the full magic of this cultural landscape. 

 

 Component 1: Cultural Awareness and Understanding

 

Focused on significant heritage sites within the Cape to Cape region of southwestern Australia, this component involves a hands-on cultural workshop and orientation On Country with Wadandi Elders and Cultural Coordinators and the Undalup Association. The purpose is to facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills as a group and contribute to stronger community health and well-being through culture-specific programs. This will involve:

 

•hands-on activities related to cultural protocols and connections

•understanding aspects of Wadandi heritage and culture

•cultural plant survey

•the Wadandi seasons

•traditional subsistence and tool-making workshops

•promote traditional ways of maintaining cultural knowledge.

 Component 2: Heritage Management

 

Component 2 involves a heritage survey of specific cultural places within the Cape to Cape region.  Our fieldwork will include expeditions to different parts of Wadandi Boodja, and partake in on-ground heritage preservation projects.  The fieldwork will involve documenting traditional place names; learning the associated stories, mapping the surrounding land forms, and surveying the cultural values and places related to each location. 

 

The work will include practical training in Certificate II nationally-accredited units, including:

The team will participate in an archaeological survey and mapping session with the Wadandi community representatives, and their partners at Applied Archaeology International

 

These workshops will teach: 

 

•field survey methods

•how to use a compass and GPS

•identifying cultural artifacts and features

•mapping, and recording a heritage site 

 

The youth will also learn to identify threats and impacts to heritage sites and methods of protection and management.

 

The heritage management program is culturally-guided, project-focused, and action driven. As a participant, you will work directly with Elders, heritage specialists, lawyers and environmental scientists.

 

Component 3: Landcare and Outdoor Education

 

Many of the cultural sites in the Cape to Cape region require on-ground restoration and management, as a result of impacts from human and natural processes. The students will participate in on-ground actions to protect specific cultural sites, including:

 

•carrying out erosion control methods of matting and brushing

•weed control

•localised revegetation

 

This work will be supported by our partners at Geographe Community Landcare Nursey. This will unfold as an on-ground land care project, under cultural leadership, and support leadership development in young people. This session will also include a workshop on methods of outdoor safety and survival, delivered by the team’s specialists logistics and safety coordinator (Dark Emu Expeditions). This includes wilderness first aid, bandages, ropes, slings, dealing with snake bites, finding water, among other practical bush survival methods.