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A Tiwi lady painting a shell for us  
   

A Tiwi lady painting a shell for us

Bottoming the Top End?

May 21st 2015
The Northern Territory is really one big open space. If it was a country it would rank 20th in the world and could hold 6 UK's. That is a lot of space for 250,000 people with the majority in the Darwin area. Unique in Australia 30% of the population is indigenous. (Sydney was such a dramatic contrast: in four days we only saw one small group of indigenous people the whole time.) Hence if you have ... read more
Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory

Australian Flag Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name... ... read more
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8th June 2015

Into the wild!
So impressed with your tour to the Tiwa! I've read tons of great blogs on Oz and the wonderful, unique wildlife, but yours is the first on the Aboriginal culture. Thank you for splurging on the massively expensive tour, so we could vicariously accompany you meeting Aboriginal people living in their original home, speaking their own language and practicing their own traditions. I am always so amazed by the varieties of human culture! And of course, your adventures in the parks were great--finding ancient Aboriginal art, swimming under waterfalls, seeing amazing termite mounds and wildlife similar to those in other wetlands. An adventure perhaps not undertaken by many Australians.

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