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Welcome to Message Stick. Hi, I'm Rachael Maza. This week on the show short film series called 'Us Mob'. we're kicking off a fantastic new Central Australia The films were shot in of a group of kids and follow the experiences Hidden Valley near Alice Springs. who live in a town camp called is called 'Water'. This week's episode I hope you enjoy it.

(Dog barks) Charlie... Yeah. Wait! To fix Harry's bike. Where are you taking my tools? back, I've got to fix that car. When you finish with it bring it Yep. UPBEAT MUSIC

Hey, Harry! Fix the brakes! I've got some tools. Jump, Charlie! Jump! Hurry up, Harry! (All gasp for breath) It's too hot! Man, you carry it. It's too heavy, Harry. You wanted to bring it. You two, stop fighting! Put it in your backpack. make it cool. Put your bag under the tree, Yeah. all the time! I have to do everything DRAMATIC MUSIC That'll be cool when we get back. Let's go to the jump. UPBEAT MUSIC (All laugh) I'm thirsty! Let's get the water. (All puff)

this was a short cut. Charlie, you thought

about this country! You don't know anything you know everything, Harry. I know you think Can't you wait? The road's just there. Where did you bury it? Where's the water? It was Mervyn's idea anyway. I don't know. Why did you tell him to bury it? Yeah, Mervyn. Don't blame me. I'm telling you. I'm not blaming you, I'm going to find the water. We're all going to find it. Where is it? It's somewhere there. I know where it is. Not somewhere there. Look around. I am. Charlie! Nothing. Charlie, where's the water?

(All shout out for attention) in the back. Yeah, you can put the bikes That's a long way. We can't walk. (Boys speak amongst themselves) (All exclaim) Magnificent!

(Laughs) ALL: Kwatye! Kwatye! Kwatye! (All holler excitedly) over the next few weeks, We'll be seeing more of 'Us Mob' any time you like but you can catch up with them abc.net.au/usmob. on their website at you can choose alternative endings It's an interactive site and to all their films. the Black Olive's kitchen. But right now it's over to actually. There's an interesting story, were out exploring the country, Two of our most celebrated explorers and basically starved to death. were out in the desert, And little did they know it, amongst them everywhere that there was food how to utilise it. and they just didn't know is wallaby. And one of those exciting foods I do love is wallaby lasagne. And one recipe that

Here we have the wallaby meat. in whole little rump steaks Now, I've bought this wallaby to actually mince this for me. and I've got the butcher

macadamia nut oil... I've got a little bit of "Does he ever cook with olive oil?" Probably thinking,

I do, but I love macadamia nut oil nutty flavour. because it has that nice Going to chop some onion up. Fry this down till it's transparent. a kilo and a half here. Add the wallaby. I've got about Just brown it off a little bit. Here we have native basil. Lovely furry, velvety leaf. has a lovely basil-y smell. Crush that up, Very sweet but very woody. Grows in dry, arid areas. We have some salt bush. This is the fresh salt bush. When you dry it out, it's like this. Chop it all up together. It's like pure salt, really.

around and they say, When you've got friends coming for us tonight?" "What are you cooking Ooh, wallaby lasagne. "What?" what's so exciting about this food. Freaks them out a bit but that's Here we have pepperberries. a lovely peppery taste. When you grind this down, just out of a tin. Some crushed tomatoes, for about 30-40 minutes Just leave that and let it simmer. on a very low heat is just make a little bit of a roux. What I'm going to do now of butter and flour. Our roux being equal parts

I'm making a roux for my roo. Boom! Boom! so it doesn't catch on the bottom. Got to keep stirring it to the wallaby Add a little bit of my roux now which will thicken up the juices. I'm going to make the white sauce. OK, while that's cooling down of roux left which is great. Now, here I have a little bit Add a little butter. A little bit more flour. And slowly incorporate the milk. a runny white sauce. Now, you don't want This will thicken up slowly.

a nice glass of Shiraz, It's lovely with a nice salad. the back of the spoon. See if it will coat Perfect. and let that simmer I'm going to leave that there on a very low heat... then we'll come back to that. ..for about five minutes, Add a little bit of salt. Little bit of the pepperberry. a really nice texture, And, to give it

just a little bit of tasty cheese. it's going to be incorporated Don't want it too runny because in with the wallaby meat. is putting it all together. Now, the most exciting part of this and bought fresh lasagne sheets. What I've done is gone out supermarkets anywhere these days. You can get them fresh in half of it is hanging over. What I'm doing is making sure We've encased our dish. White sauce. A layer of the wallaby. Little bit more white sauce. Tasty cheese. Keep layering. Now, we fold all of this over... ..to encase the whole lasagne. Seal it. Leftover sauce on top. Cheesy sauce. Smother it in more cheese.

I don't cover this with Alfoil or anything, I just like putting it in a moderate oven, 180 degrees, for about 30-40 minutes. Oh! This looks yummy! And finally tonight, we're going on an Aboriginal cultural tour right in the centre of Sydney. (Bird squawks) (Man sings) # Sometimes I feel like my only friend

# Is the city I live in # The city of sunshine # Lonely as I am together we cry # I drive on her streets 'cause she's my companion

# I walk through the hills 'cause she knows who I am # She sees my good deeds... # MAN: Sydney's history started with the Dreaming hundreds of thousands of years before...BC actually, Before Cook.

Sydney's been here for a long, long time. And it will be here for a long, long time to come. So, the history of Sydney is what you find in the ground. What you find in the shelters. MAN: Virtually have to wait till they fall on the ground. And there's not much... DAVID WATTS: It has to happen Australia-wide that people get out there and actually experience Aboriginal cultures first-hand with guides on walks. Education's the only way we can actually get the message across about Aboriginal people and about Aboriginal cultures. And really give an experience of the bush, even in Sydney,

there's a lot of pockets of bushland that people can actually go and visit. WOMAN: The Guringai Festival's an annual event.

All the councils on the North Shore get together and run a few events which promote cultural awareness and particularly Aboriginal heritage. So, this time round, Lane Cove Council's got a couple of walks happening. Today was the 'Belonging: People and Place' guided tour with North Sydney Council. WOMAN: This would be a shelter. A rock shelter. You can see it's really warm.

If you sat inside there you'd probably cosy up and fall asleep. It's quite good. MAN: Which direction do you think most shelters would face? It's actually a lot of them face the north-east. And that's because they're protected from the big southerlies

and stuff like that. Before occupation, the Sydney area is just abundant with food and resources. Kangaroos and emus everywhere. The amount of shellfish and fishing that was available would have been Aboriginal families living all over. It's more than likely people would have came here and, um, had a camp fire and ate their shellfish and, um, had a nice afternoon snooze. Yeah, so you can see under here there's, um, like, you can see there's charcoal and things like that, all the different coloured sandstone. So, definitely there's been fires in there, underneath there, camp fires. And, yeah, there's all this... On the ground here you can see all the shell, like, midden. WOMAN: I didn't realise, for instance, how big a midden can be. I always thought it was a little pile left over from a fire or from one meal. I didn't realise that it goes on for thousands of years. You know, that this is all a midden covered with grass. It's amazing. DAVID WATTS: Your average Sydneysider has a perception of what an Aboriginal person is and what their perception of Aboriginal history is. They think all Aboriginal people are the same. They're all the one language, they're all one group, and all the one culture. And when you actually explain there's hundreds of different Aboriginal groups in Australia and there's hundreds of different languages, and there's hundreds of different customs and rituals, it sort of opens their mind up a bit. And then you can start to get across the history part of things. Um, then you can actually give this site... The site context to the people. And then actually they start to open up and they can start to understand. DIDGERIDOO PLAYS MAN: You know about the smallpox epidemic when the First Fleet came?

Within about two years, more than 50% of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney area died. And if you think about the impact for an oral culture, if you lost, you know, half our teachers, half our elders, half our knowledge holders in a really short period of time. That's a huge amount of information that a lot of it couldn't get brought back. People will be shocked, what we explain to them about the history.

Sydney was the major battlefield for the first few years. It was massacre sites. But Aboriginal people didn't just stand back and let it happen. There were actually, Aboriginal people did fight and did die. People like Pemulwuy, he put up a really strong resistance with a lot of his warriors.

He actually paid the ultimate price in the end. WOMAN: As we were talking about it, on the walk we've had this morning, I think if we hadn't been at school during a bicentennial year we'd probably know even less. From my experience as how I learnt about it at school, was, I think, tainting it, particularly towards the white side of the story, as opposed to the native side of the story.

And I think it's only through recent Aboriginal events, you know, Sorry Day corroborees, things like that, that have, I think, balanced out the knowledge at least, so that you're in a better position to make a call and work out where your own personal opinion lies. The fear aspect of European people or non-indigenous people is... ..is one of the things that has to change to actually have protection of sites. People think that because you've got an Aboriginal site in your backyard

that Aboriginal people can come and claim your backyard, which is just nonsense. Um, so it's fear, it's, um, a fear of the unknown with non-indigenous people. WOMAN: All councils do have a role in preserving Aboriginal sites, it's becoming more and more important that they do get involved in that area. WOMAN: You see everything with different eyes. It's like you can erase the houses and the streets and see what the land used to be like and imagine how people used to hunt there. And it's always interesting 'cause every time I come to something like this I learn something more about the plants and what you can do with them. This is another lomandra. They would take heaps of all of this and make flour. It's really nice to be able to pass it onto the children and we'll be passing it onto the other members of our family as well after this afternoon. European's perception of civilisation is how much free time you actually have after you've done your shelter, you've got the food for the family and everything's all set. Europeans had, back then, basically about five or six hours a day to themselves. Aboriginal people, it only took them a couple of hours to get all their basic essentials, and then 20 hours of running around, um, and having free time, so, who's more civilised when it comes down to that? Thanks for joining us and we'll see you next week on Message Stick. See you. Closed Captions provided by Captioning and Subtitling International Pty Ltd