Issue 7
Monday, 07 September 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Gusti Pramitasari, Devika Nair and Isabella Garti with traditional owner Aunty Mandy Muir (second from left)
Gusti Pramitasari, Devika Nair and Isabella Garti with traditional owner Aunty Mandy Muir (second from left)

Students benefit from Kakadu cultural experience

By Carl Pfeiffer

A group of CDU’s International Higher Degree Research students have experienced Indigenous culture firsthand on an exploration trip to Kakadu recently. 

Sponsored by CDU and the Northern Territory Government’s International Student Wellbeing Grants under StudyNT, the trip catered for a diverse group of students from across Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia. 

The group travelled to a series of culturally-significant landmarks in Kakadu National Park before taking part in an exclusive visit to the Indigenous community of Murdudjurl, near Cooinda.

College of Education Assistant Dean Dr Birut Zemits said the students found the experience highly beneficial. 

“All of the students were amazed with the magnificent view at Ubirr, fascinated with the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie rock) heritage and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise at Yellow Water,” she said.  

She said a highlight was the Aboriginal cultural experience at Murdudjurl community.

“Aunty Mandy Muir – the traditional owner of the land welcomed us to her community, shared their daily life, taught us how to weave and gave us a skin name to educate us about Aboriginal relationships,” Dr Zemits said.

“This exploration gave the students a better understanding Indigenous culture and respect to their invaluable heritage.”