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Prior to white settlement, Australia’s indigenous people’s were the Aborigines, with a culture dating back tens of thousands of years, spanning the entire continent, a multitude of tribes and Aboriginal nations. For both visitors and those living on this land, there is still much to be discovered and learnt from a culture that has survived within the harsh and magnificent continent of Australia.
The oral history of the local Indigenous people tells of a Dreamtime, the creation, the beginning, when all things began. These stories were passed down by word of mouth, rock art and ceremonies over thousands of years.
These dreamtime stories spoke of how the world came to be, and provided the foundation of Indigenous spirituality, the laws and rules by which they live. Although not everyone had the same Dreaming, due to the many different tribes, languages and customs, they all shared the same strong link between the people and their land.
In the above photo, our fabulous guide took us on a journey, as he talked about his culture and drew his dreaming stories in the sand…
Today, many of the Indigenous Aboriginal individuals and groups are taking control of their lives and culture and sharing it with others. Aboriginal art, culture and tours can be found all over Australia. Information for these can be found by visiting the local visitor information centres. We will also provide some links to external resources here that we find of interest.
A number of Aboriginal communities are off limits to outsiders, however many of these can be accessed by applying for a permit through various agencies such as the Central Land Council for those wanting to visit communities throughout Australia.
For those new to Aboriginal Art & Culture, we welcome you to your journey…
- Art & Culture
Indigenous Australians are the custodians of one of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world. Indigenous culture is diverse, and contributes strongly to Australia’s national identity and arts scene. Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing form of art in the world.
Rainbow Valley Cultural Tours – Aboriginal Guided Cultural Tours
― a great tour, with Ricky Orr who is a descendant of generations of Southern Arrernte/Luritja people and traditional owners of the Wurre (Rainbow Valley) and Walkabout Bore Outstation (Mpwelere), Hailstone Dreaming (Kunata) – lands surrounded by forests of Desert Oak, rocky sandstone range escarpments and remnants of Australia’s famous droving stock route to the Old Ghan railway line.