Genuine First Peoples Tours, ART & Workshops
Thousands of Australians and overseas visitors have enjoyed learning about the history and amazingly rich culture of Australia's First Peoples. Aborigines lived on Australian plains. No one else there but the wind and rains. Happy and free living as one. Listen, the birds the animals greet the morning sun. For thousands of years, or so it appears. The air was pure, the land was clean. The mountains the forests were pristine. Hunters , gatherer's on the move. How could they know these pale strangers would disapprove. Hunted and chased like animal herds. Far from their lands to be placed on reserves. The dancing, the dreaming, their art to be scorned. The hurting the weeping had now been spawned. Made feel like a stranger in our own land. Please try and help us to understand. What you have taken was rightfully mine. There was no agreement or treaty to sign. Is it wrong to ask that justice be made. For all the broken spirits your foundations have laid. We're only asking that the truth should be known. Please forgive us, if bitterness and anger we've shown. (c) Indijnarts 1987.
VISION: Our vision is for all First Peoples of Australia, to have the same rights of equality and justice as other Australians. Where our culture and history is recognized as incredibly rich and diverse and is valued, as a huge asset to Australian society. We would also hope in the future, First People's history and culture would be taught in our education curriculum in Australia where possible. That First Peoples parents would create a safe, loving and encouraging environment and make their childrens health and education 2 major priorities in their lives. For our children to have self belief and not be afraid to leave home and experience the bigger picture. IRON SHARPENETH IRON. To take hold of all opportunities with your amazing gifts and talents, to reach your dreams and full potential. Yahway, Nharthung Tarbarusi.
Two dear friends I had the privilege to live and work with at Gunbalanya West Arnhem Land in the late 90s. Thompson Yulidjiri on the right and Bruce Nabegeyo were world renown First Nation artists and the senior songmen for the Kunwinjku people of West Arnhem land. In April 2000 we came down to Byron Bay in Nth NSW and held a small art exhibition of Injalak's works at the Gondwana gallery, whilst the Byron Bay Blues festival was being held. Thompson and Bruce presented traditional "rarrk" or commonly known in the western world as "crosshatching" painting with ochres and the grass reed that is chewed to make your paint brush known as "gundahl" demonstrations on the street for 4 days. People who came and met them were very blessed to have done so, as both men have passed on since. The gentleman and lady in the photo were the then proprietor's of Gondwana, who were very gracious in allowing us to use their space.
Some of our local net fishermen past and present from left, Uncle Arty Williams, Uncle Gary Chadburn and Uncle Reuben Chadburn. Fishing ocean and rivers, canecutting and working on small crop farms were a large part of the local Goori economy in the Minyangbal area of the Bundjalung nation of Nth NSW.
Our other occupation besides cultural education, cultural tours, music and art exhibitions is tree arborism and landscaping. Jeremy Youse in action here, demonstrating some rope climbing techniques.
Our eco friendly tours include fun activities such as painting a returning boomerang, which is a free gift to all those who come on our cultural tours, have a tasting of Australian bush foods that are in season, try traditional fire lighting techniques, have a go at playing the yidaki (didgeridoo). These activities are all part of our tours in Brisbane and our Saltwater tour on the southern end of the Gold Coast at Tweed Heads and Fingal Head.Book The Cultural Tour
Feel the creative joy of making your own Didgeridoo while sharing stories of First Nation History. Your Didgeridoo is made from genuine termite eaten timber. We have a selection of sizes and shapes for you to choose from and we supply all the tools you need and provide snacks and lnch. Once you've made your Didgeridoo we can assist you to paint it for a small extra cost. When your Didgeridoo is ready, feel the joy of making your first sounds accompanied by drums and clapsticks.Book The Didgeridoo Workshop
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Banora Point, Australia
0437 833 773