Australia is home to the oldest culture in the world. One of Byron Bay’s newest day tours gives visitors the opportunity to step back into the pages of Aboriginal history and learn about modern culture.
Generation after generation of Indigenous Australians have learned the stories, songs, dance and art that creates the essence of who they are from their ancestors.
These stories are not in the past but are living and breathing. They help the Indigenous people of today understand how to care and protect for the land they belong to.
In conjunction with Explore Byron Bay, Arakwal Bundjalung elder Delta Kay has created a special Aboriginal tour that focuses on sharing the experience of the Arakwal people.
Delta is a well-known and highly respected Arakwal elder within the Byron Shire. Her ancestors have lived in this area for thousands of years. They passed Arakwal customs, knowledge, ceremonies and stories to Delta for safe keeping.
Passionate about sharing Arakwal culture, Delta makes appearances around the region and has contributed to works for ABC Indigenous broadcasts.
The new tour incorporates stories of Aboriginal existence before colonisation, the devastating impact of settlement and displacement on Aboriginal people and lessons in Bundjalung language, bush medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.
Set across Cape Byron and Broken Head, the tours encompass stunning natural settings and the chance to sit and connect with Delta, Indigenous culture and this unique land in small groups.
Imagine mixing ochre paint with your fingers and seeing the plants around you for the medicine and food they can provide.
‘Dreaming’ or ‘Dreamtime’ is an English word often used to describe a rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concept.
Realistically, it is impossible to apply just one word that captures this core element of who Indigenous people are.
It is something that you feel. Sit with Delta on country with an open heart and open mind and you’ll feel it.
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