SIX teenage girls from three different high schools joined Gumbula Julipi women elders and other tutors for the first-ever women and girls cultural camp this school holidays.
The four day camp saw the women and girls camping at Red Rock, visiting sites of special significance to Aboriginal women and searching for bush tucker and healing plants.
They also held an arts and crafts day, which included invited guests.
Girls tried traditional Aboriginal painting; basket making using Bangalow palm fibres; grinding coloured ochres for face and body painting; learning clapstick chants and rhythms and making incense sticks for smoking ceremonies for healing.
Camp co-ordinators and Gumbula Julipi elders Auntie Anita Craig and Auntie Marie Tarplee said it was im- portant to teach the young girls about their traditions and culture, some of which was unknown even to the girls' others and the camp had been very successful.
Funding from Coffs Harbour City Council's arts and cultural grant fund made the camp possible, with help from Gumbula Julipi elder Auntie Elaine Turnbull and team leader and bus driver Michelle Collins.