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  • Eden Glodstein | September 24, 2015 7:00 PM ET

    The Northern Territory's Remarkable Indigenous Culture

    The Northern Territory's Remarkable Indigenous Culture

    PHOTO: Visit Maruku Arts. Courtesy Northern Territory.

    One of the highlights of traveling the world is discovering new cultures and customs, Australia’s Indigenous culture, and specifically, those found in the Northern Territory, date back hundreds of thousands of years.  From the Outback and Red Centre through to the tropical Top End, the Indigenous people of these regions are as diverse as the landscapes that surround them.

    The best ways to learn about the Aboriginal people is to experience their culture first hand.  Here are our top picks for getting up close and personal to the people and culture of the Northern Territory: 

    Attempt Spear Throwing: Located in the Katherine Region, Top Didj Cultural Experience allows local indigenous artists to tell their story and to showcase traditional activities such as fire lighting, spear and boomerang throwing, and painting whilst educating visitors on their culture and way of life.

    Cruise Around the Katherine Gorge: Nitmiluk Tours is solely owned by the Indigenous Jawoyn tribe  and is the exclusive tour operator within Nitmiluk National Park. Nitmiluk Tours offers experiences that allow you to immerse yourself in the history, rugged beauty and culture of this majestic region. Tours and excursions include gorge or dinner cruises, self-guided canoeing, bush walking, helicopter touring, swimming under natural waterfalls and cultural interaction programs.

    Enjoy a Meal Under the Night Sky: Experience the signature ‘Mbantua Sunset & Starlight Bush Dinner tour’, with RT Tours, which departs from Alice Springs and includes a visit to the historic Telegraph Reserve and Simpsons Gap. Dinner is set amongst a scenic bush setting under the stars with a three-course meal, cooked over an open mulga fire complemented with tasty bush food delicacies. Learn traditional cooking styles set to the sounds of the desert and views of the Milky Way.

    Indigenous Art Making: Owned and operated by the Anangu people (comprising the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara & Yankuytjara tribes of Central Australia), Maruku Arts is a cooperative of 800 artist members specializes in traditional woodcarving, known as Punu and painting on canvas. Located at the Cultural Centre inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, here you can experience Indigenous art making first hand.

    Stay at Banubanu: Banubanu Wilderness Retreat is an eco-retreat located on Bremer Island in North East Arnhem Land. Tours include fishing in some of the world’s most picturesque waters, world-class bird and turtle watching and the opportunity to experience Yolgnu Culture with members from the local Indigenous community. 

    Explore the Tiwi Islands: Known as the 'Islands of Smiles', the Tiwi Islands are famous for their diversity, thrilling fishing and the consistent conditions year-round. Experience the islands as part of an organized day tour and learn about the cultural and linguistic differences between the Polynesian-influenced Tiwi people and the indigenous people of Arnhem Land just across the water.


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