B A W A K A
we got to go to Bawaka - a homeland about 2 hours drive away - the land of the Bayini Women and Nike the Crocodile. Will turned 50 so he got permission to bring us down to help celebrate. We had been told it is paradise at Bawaka and that was no exaggeration... it is a beautiful place with a gentle bay and a resident crocodile - Nike who sadly/luckily didn't make an appearance for us - and dolphins swimming by ... the kids played all day on the shore and in the rocks ...
the kids collected oysters
watch out for the crocs
we drank french champagne in the evening .. which led to dancing
billly, siena and iggy make eggs for breakfast
In the afternoon the ladies took me and sally collecting pandanus for basket weaving. This involves wading through the bush looking for a clump of pandanus. A special hook is then used to pull the middle of the clump down and only the centre flax is pulled out. The pandanus is covered in sharp tiny prickles that run down the edges so it is a little...scratchy. Once you collect enough (alot) you get the roots to dye yellow and red - both from different trees from different places around in the bush - this is done whilst keeping a look out for buffulo at all times
Dhalulu and her sister LakLak took me down to the beach near Yalangbara and showed me how to look for turtle eggs - a delicacy among yolngu, and a privilege for me to be involved in the hunt - although to my slight dismay we actually found a nest and dug out about 50 eggs. I tried not to feel too sad ... luckily it is still sustainable and out of the 6 nests on the beach only one was ransacked...
kids asleep in the troopy on the way home