Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Today, the Indigenous cultures of WA provide a continuous and living link with ancient knowledge and the land, passed on through song, dance, visual arts, the reading of the seasons and ceremony.
There are more than 250 Indigenous communities in WA, and around 16,000 people. So, here are top 10 Indigenous in WA.
1. Take an Indigenous Eco Discovery Tour with Kepa Kurl. Travel to WA’s southeast to Australia’s Whitest beach, Lucky Bay in Esperance and learn about the Aboriginal heritage of the area on an eco tour. Or, head north to Monkey Mia in World Heritage Shark Bay and learn about the with Aboriginal guide Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell from Wula Guda Nyinda.
2. Delve Into the Dreamtime at one of Perth’s most significant Indigenous locations. Take a Kings Park Indigenous Heritage Tour and learn the ways of the Wadjuk people, including bush medicine plants, traditional tools and ancient fire making methods.
3. Learn to Play the Didgeridoo. The wind instrument was developed by indigenous Australians, primarily played to accompany ceremonial dancing and singing. Didgeridoo Breath in Fremantle runs lessons for beginners and seasoned players.
4. See the Art Gallery of WA’s Impressive Collection of Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Art or check out one of the smaller Indigenous art galleries in Fremantle, the Swan Valley, Broome or Kununurra. You can learn more about Indigenous art on an Urban Indigenous tour, on which you’ll meet an Aborigin artist.
5. Experience the Sights, sounds, tastes and country of the south west’s Noongar People. Taste bush tucker, learn bush medicine, meet the animals, plants and dreaming spirit and venture into Ngilgi cave.
6. Head to Home Valley Station for the Ultimate Australia Outback station Experience. Aboriginal owned and operated, with Indigenous staff and trainees, Home Valley Station is a 615,000 acre working cattle station, where adventures will encounter a combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterholes, rivers, billabongs, waterfalls and untouched beaches.
7. Head to the Kimberley to take part in an indigenous festival or tour. One of the world’s great natural and indigenous cultural regional, the Kimberley region of WA is home to the Mowanjum Festival near Derby Australia’s largest Indigenous festival featuring more than 100 artists. The annual Halls Creek Music Festival, Nguyuru Waaringarrem, bring together some of Australia’s finest Indigenous music talent, dancers and artists. See the region with a local guide – Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventures and Kimberley Dreamtime Adventure Tours offer cultural tours through the Kimberley.
8. See One of the Richest Sites in the World for prehistoric rock Engravings. The Dampier Archipelago and Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia’s Pilbara regional is decorated with more than 10,000 Aboriginal engravings at more than 500 recorded sites, dating back over 10,000 years. View some of the rock art on the Jaburara Heritage Trail, near the coastal town of Karratha.
9. Warlu Way Reveals the Mysteries of the warlu and other Aboriginal legends on a 2,480km self-drive journey through Western Australia’s Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Interpretive signage along the drive opens your eyes to the secrets of this country and its historical, cultural and natural wonders.
10. Experience Life in a Working Aboriginal Community. Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation in the West Kimberley near Cape Leveque allows guests to overnight and share in an Indigenous lifestyle. Award winning Kooljaman at Cape Leveque also offers a unique wilderness style camp on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, and a variety of tours and activities run by the local Aboriginal people.
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