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Prince Charles goes native during flying visit to rainforest

By David Reed

The Prince of Wales ventured into Australia's Daintree Rainforest to discover the centuries-old traditions of its indigenous people.

Arriving by helicopter at Mossman Gorge, near Cairns, Charles marvelled at how the Kuku Yalanji aboriginals made use of the forest as a rich resource.

He reacted with awe when he was shown by elder Roy Gibson how certain leaves could provide relief for mosquito bites, and took a particular interest in a hand-made hunting boomerang.

He also took part in a traditional smoking ceremony, said to help ward off evil spirits.

The prince took a stroll through the world heritage-listed forest before joining a round table discussion on sustainable forestry.

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