The day began with a day sail with a full boat of 27 people. One aspect of the Hope Vale/Pelican project is to give out cameras for the kids and sometimes adults to use (if they don't have their own) to record the day. At the end of the project a copy of all the photos taken on board will be handed to the Indigenous Knowledge Centre so that the community has access to them and also the Hope Vale school. These photos can be used by the kids for digital storytelling at school. It is also a record of their time spent on Country. For stories made on this camp in 2008 you can go to http://www.svpelican.com.au/pages/stories.html
Destiny Bowen reading up on Cape York plants.
Kids on the morning sail. (photo taken by kids)
After the sail Garry and I went to the camp for a meeting and to also say hello to Aunty Charlotte. She has been a regular visitor to the Hope Vale Pelican project and is 96 years old.
Garry and I had a meeting with Des Bowen (pictured), Timmy McGreen, Elaine McGreen (TO for this area) and Johnny Charlie (Traditional Dingaal Owner).
We then went a little further down the beach to the main camp site (kitchen) where the Memorial Service for Peter Malcolm was being held. The pastor from Hope Vale had travelled into the camp after performing two baptisms that morning. The service included a lot of readings and songs from the Lutheran lexicon.
When the service was complete, Pastor Greg and people who wanted to came with us on the boat to spread Peter's ashes, boarded. We had approached Johnny Charlie (the Dingaal TO) to come with us and perhaps help spread the ashes in the sea. He was happy to do so. The ceremony we performed was culturally very different from the usual Hope Vale burial so we were very touched that the request was taken on board in such an open way.
We set sails and did a few passes of Connies Beach. This is Abbay Bowen who has come on board since she was a baby.
Clarrie sang a song for Peter (My Best Friend) on the bow.
Johnny Charlie (Dingaal traditional owner)
Together Johnny, Des Bowen and Garry McKechnie released Peter into his beloved sea.
A gathering of Hope Vale friends and Pelican crew.
Thank you again to the Traditional Owners for allowing us to remember Peter in this way.