Year 8 students recently researched some of the fascinating history and geography of the region surrounding Budj Bim (aka Mount Eccles). They studied topographic maps of Lake Condah (Tae Rak) and delved in to a number of information sources (including the wonderful books ‘The People of Budj Bim’ by the Gunditjmara people and Gib Wettenhall, as well as the ‘Field Guide to Cultural Features of the Budj Bim Landscape’ by the Gunditj Mirring Partnership Project).
Students also visited and explored Budj Bim, the Lake Condah Mission and the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area. Most of the photos shown in the documentaries were taken by Year 8 students during this excursion.
During the excursion, Budj Bim tour guide and Gunditjmara elder Eileen Alberts showed several students the basics of basket-weaving. A number of students were keen to find out more and Eileen generously agreed to visit the school for a more in-depth basket-weaving workshop with Year 7 and 8 girls and female staff.
The documentaries were an opportunity for students to share some of their newfound knowledge about Budj Bim with the general public.