Western Australia the Indigenous way

Western Australia is a very old landscape which happens to exist in a relatively young country.  Australia became a Federation on January 1st, 1901, so whilst the country is just over 110 years old, indigenous activity has taken place in Australia for at least 40,000 years.

The Indigenous, or Aboriginal, population has had a marked affect on Western Australia.  In fact, most anthropologists agree that Australian Aboriginal people represent one of the oldest living cultures on earth.  For tens of thousands of years Aboriginal people have roamed the Australian landscape, be it desert, rain forest, mountains, or rich coastal areas.  They have lived in harmony with nature, fully utilising the land by leading a nomadic lifestyle to take advantage of seasonal changes to eke out a good living simply by understanding the land and its behaviour at different times of the year.

What is not generally understood is that Australian Aboriginals are actually a diverse people who live completely different lifestyles, depending on which region they occupy.  There are more than 365 indigenous languages in Australia and more than 60 in Western Australia alone.

One of the best ways to understand the ancient land of Western Australia is through an Indigenous Australian tourism experience.  Many Aboriginal groups have established tourism companies which foster the understanding of Indigenous ways, and which introduce visitors to the mysteries of the Australian landscape.  Several excellent interpretive centres have been set up across Western Australia, with the best known being in Kings Park on the edge of Perth city, at Karijini in the North West, and at Kojonup in the South West, which allow you a fine introduction to the Indigenous way of life.

Some of these Aboriginal corporations operate tours, others run accommodation, and others specialise in presenting authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts centres.

Examples of these include the Kelk Creek Bush Retreat and Interpretive Cultural Tours near Broome in the Kimberleys.  This eco-friendly bush retreat offers visitors exclusive accommodation and package tours with speciality products that are only available at Kelk Creek.  Here you can walk on traditional lands, learn about bush tucker and medicines and experience the traditions and lifestyle of the Bardi people.    

And for those with an eye for fashion Tata’s On the Terrace in Broome introduces you to exciting new clothing that is made out of stingray leather, which is taking the fashion world by storm.  The clothing available here is described as being elegant, practical and durable.

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