Aboriginal Culture

An Introduction

Many people visit the Outback hoping to learn more about Aboriginal culture, art and people, but leave disappointed.

Aboriginal culture

On this page, you’ll find links to our pages about the Outback’s Aboriginal people, art, Dreaming, languages and cultural tours.

We’ve created information here that you simply will not find elsewhere on the web.

The reason we’re able to do this is that we work with Aboriginal people – and Amanda is an anthropologist! So she can explain Aboriginal culture a little better than most people.

We Really Want to Meet Aboriginal People!

One of the biggest complaints that tourists have when they visit the Outback is that they don’t really get to meet any Aboriginal people.

Sure, they see lots of Aborigines on the streets in Alice Springs, but sitting down and talking to them often seems awkward or difficult. That’s where going on an Aboriginal owned and operated cultural tour can help.

Aboriginal culture, witchetty grubs

Another thing we’ve discovered is that there are lots of misconceptions about indigenous culture, dreaming, and spirituality – e.g. the idea that Aboriginal people in the Outback live in tribes. It’s just not true.

To help you understand Aboriginal people better and help you to meet some, we’ll create pages about:

  • cultural tours run local indigenous people
  • information about the permit system if you’re visiting Aboriginal land
  • Information about the Dreamtime
  • an introduction to Aboriginal culture and language

Watch this space as it’s currently under development.

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal art

Another thing that many people want to do when they visit Outback Australia -especially the Red Centre- is to buy Aboriginal art.

We’ve put together a beginner’s guide to buying Aboriginal art in Outback Australia, that will tell you:

  • how to understand Aboriginal art
  • the best places to buy local Aboriginal art
  • different styles
  • a short history of commercial Aboriginal art

We’ve focussed on showing you how to buy art from local Aboriginal people in local communities – not from big dealers which most people can’t afford.

We make no apology for this! Visiting art centres in Aboriginal communities is the best way to buy art – and you often get to meet and talk to the artist whose work you’re buying.

We don’t steer away from the controversies, such as alcohol problems, social dysfunction, or violence in these pages. Nor do we romanticize Aboriginal spirituality – which is nothing like the New Agers would have you believe.

These pages tell it like it is. Aboriginal people are diverse and no two communities are the same. We hope you enjoy the information we’ve written here.