Minda and I are from a small island, Sumbawa, in Indonesia. We came to Perth on 10th April and we will stay with Millennium Kids organisation for 12 days of workshops, site visits and environmental experiences.
This is our story.
Minda and I departed from Perth towards Coolgardie town on 13th April with Wayne and Catrina from Millennium Kids Inc. It took 7 hours of driving but we had one night camping in the great beautiful green Great Western Woodland.
We climbed to the to the top of McDermid Rock and saw a beautiful view of the Woodland and we saw various species of beautiful birds. We camped overnight and the next morning we continued our trip to mother of the Goldfields, Coolgardie via Norseman and Kalgoorlie.
In the afternoon we arrived to the small, quiet, beautiful town Coolgardie and we visited Aunty Betty, who is an elder and local government Councilor. Aunty Betty is amazing indigenous woman, she is very nice to us and hosted us very well with a cup of tea and told us lots of information about Ngadju people, which is one of the indigenous people in the area. After we had a beautiful information exchange with Aunty Betty we went to the local park where all the kids and families were hanging out and we set up the barbecue for a sausage sizzle.
While we were cooking the food we also invited the Ngadju kids around the park to come join us for food and Minda and I were excited because that was our first time to meet them. We greeted and introduced each other with those indigenous kids. Seriously it was so much fun even though they were a bit shy at the first time we met, but by the time we left they were showing themselves – they are nice kids to talk with. Minda and I were telling them the main propose that we came from Indonesia to visit their town just because we want to see something different from Perth city. They told us that they wanted to take us for a guided eco-tour around Coolgardie town for the next day. They showed us there Kids on Country book and talked about the plants and animals. We looked at bus medicine planet and learnt the names.
From their character and also their spirit it was clear they were very friendly and I can say that they are actually gorgeous.
Next morning after we had a good night sleep and pretty good breakfast by Mr Wayne we picked the kids up in they showed us the woodland surrounding the town. While we were driving around the town we picked more kids up from each house. The kids took us to the first place where they told us the story of crow and the eagle. They told us the story about it perfectly, actually they were a bit nervous to be the speaker but it was great. I picked up some of the indigenous spirit values through the story they told.
Not only that, we visited Burra Rock, another historical place outside Coolgardie. It took about one hour to get there from the town. When we got there the kids took me up in the rock face. They showed me the dam, and the place where a pig farmer once lived. They took me to the rock pools on the rock and the kids told me that those water spots had been managed by the elders a long time ago as water was a precious resource for them.
They also showed me a beautiful small reptile. It was a lizard. The lizard was really fast and so hard for me to get close and I think impossible for me to catch. Those kids told us that actually Ngadju people love to catch and eat that lizard long ago, to help them survive in the dry woodland. And my first question to them was “ How did they catch the lizard? As you know they are so fast. And seriously they answered that Ngadju people made up the rock piles and when the lizard get in to the pile and they collapsed the piles, and of course it will hit the lizard underneath. That was the way they caught it. They said. What amazing information.
Well time ran so fast and it made me hungry and a bit thirsty. The kids brought me down to the base camp. When I got down to the base camp I was so exited to see the girls that came along with us were preparing the food for lunch. All of them took a hand in this job and helped each other to serve the food – chopping the salad vegetables, cooking the sausages and slicing the bread. Kids are amazing! I can’t believe they can arrange everything perfectly. Actually those kids really made my day, more than my expectation.
We went back to the town after we had an awesome lunch together. We stopped on the way back, we checked out some pools full of water. We saw tadpoles and snails. We dropped the kids back to their houses and we said goodbye as we had become good friend.
What I got for myself – I can learn something from them! It was an amazing to experience these kids telling me their stories on country.
Authors: Minda and Adi are Yaysan We SAVE members from the Millennium Kids collaboration project in Dompu, Sumbawa