Explorers Talk

On February 13, 2019

At the beginning of term two Explorers came to give a talk to the children to kick-start our topic of ‘Exploration’ in the Spring term.

Dr Camilla Morelli is a childhood Anthropologist from Bristol University and her research explores the lives of indigenous children and youths growing up in
Amazonia. Her work is based on the Matses people in Peru.

Sophie Marsh is an artist and animator and she travelled to Antarctica in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton on the tall ship Star Clipper.

As well as their independent work and travel, both explorers worked together on a research project, Indigenous Animations, which was funded by the British Academy. In this project the children of the Matses tribe drew pictures of their lives and a short, animated film was made to explore how indigenous children and youth understand themselves in a changing world.

The children enjoyed meeting Dr Morelli and Sophie Marsh and they were full of questions at the end of the session. They were mesmerised by the very different
lives that the Matses children live, in comparison to their own. They were given a real flavour of what the Antarctic is like and all the animals that Sophie saw on her trip.

Here are a few of the children’s reactions:

“I liked finding out about the Jaguar spirit and that the children were scared of the river dolphins” – Grace. Year 4

“I liked finding out about the rainforest and I liked thefilm the children made” – David Year 3“I thought the video of the tall ship in the Antarctic sea swaying was amazing and Sophie was very brave” – Petra Year 3

“I was surprised the Matse children were allowed to be independent at the age of 4 and didn’t have to tell their parents where they were going” Olivia Year 5

“It was really interesting how the Matses tribe could come up with their own form of medicine” – Alex Year 6

PIctures to follow