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3 In Adelaide, see the largest collection of Australian
Aboriginal artefacts in the world in the Australian Aboriginal
Cultures Gallery in the South Australian Museum.
3 The owner of Melbourne’s high-end Aboriginal restaurant
Tjanabi on Fed, at Federation Square, is an Aboriginal
elder who is actually one of the traditional owners of
3 Profits from the sale of art in some Aboriginal Art galleries
supports local Aboriginal communities. Birrung Gallery in
Sydney supports the domestic programs of World Vision
An ancient culture is preserved and flourishing in our urban
areas, where you can learn about the many diverse Aboriginal
language groups that first occupied these shores. Here you’ll
discover a great depth of Aboriginal history, preserved and
retold in a contemporary context as Aboriginal people
continue to live, practise and strengthen their customs in and
around our cities.
Take a heritage walk and visit Aboriginal cultural centres,
galleries and museums. Be excited by the fascinating tours and
excellent shopping for authentic souvenirs. You can even visit
historic sites and see rock art within a stone’s throw of some
of our cities.
Be entertained at the theatre and at various performances.
The most respected Aboriginal dance troupe in the world is
city-based and it’s in our cities that you’ll find some of the best
places to view and purchase Aboriginal art.
Journey through our cities for a contemporary experience
of this ancient land, with its fascinating spiritual beliefs, significant
sites, renowned art and 50,000 years of history.
3 Look through the eyes of an Aboriginal guide on a botanic
gardens tour. Join Aboriginal education officers to explore
the Royal Botanic Gardens on Sydney Harbour’s foreshore.
In Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, take the Aboriginal
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Heritage walk with an Aboriginal guide, while in the nation’s
capital, Canberra, the interpretive walk through the Australian
National Botanic Gardens follows an Aboriginal Trail. Take a
guided bush tucker and native plant walk at the Adelaide
3 Witness the spectacle of Bangarra Dance Theatre – one of
Australia’s most innovative dance companies – perform live
in Sydney. Its living tradition goes back 50,000 years. Another
troupe, Descendance, has more than 50 dancers from
diverse language groups across Australia, while Doonooch
Dancers, a traditional Aboriginal dance company, has
performed in more than 24 countries and in the memorable
opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
3 Marvel at one of the world’s best collections of traditional
and contemporary Indigenous art, sculpture and artefacts in
the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, or the Yiribana
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery at the Art Gallery
of NSW. Drop in to the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre at the
Melbourne Museum, or the National Gallery of Victoria to
see Indigenous artworks from around Australia. The Museum
and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is just four kilometres
from Darwin’s city centre and houses stunning permanent
collections of Indigenous art. Along with Ningenneh Tunapry,
a new gallery at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in
Hobart, and Brisbane’s GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art), these
galleries document the history of Indigenous art from the
earliest collectable works to the most recent.
3 Participate in a simulated interactive smoking ceremony
complete with contemporary Indigenous dancers and
music at the National Museum of Australia. The diversity
of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
is showcased in the museum’s Gallery of First Australians,
where you’ll see handcrafted baskets and dillybags, bark
paintings, thousands of early stone tools and a collection of
glass spearheads from the Kimberley. See masks and head
dresses from the Torres Strait Islander display, and try out a
traditional grinding stone.
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