Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is one of the oldest living societies on the planet and its intricate history and traditional practices can be experienced in so many ways, all across Queensland. Here are a few suggestions...
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Rock art | The township of Laura lives amongst some of the oldest and most pristine rock art, listed by UNESCO as one of the top 10 sites in the world. Selected sites, like Giant Horse Gallery – named so because of the six-meter-long horse that dominates the sandstone cliff overhang – can be accessed through tours with local Aboriginal guides.
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Dreamtime stories | There are no clappers or 'woo' girls to contend with at this festival. A respectful hush blankets the crowd - an audible anticipation - pierced by the distinctive trills of clapsticks and sounds of rumbling didgeridoos. The Dreamtime stories are translated through dance, percussion, and song.
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Spiritual adornment | The white clay and ochre body paint smeared on the dancers' bodies is not just about artistic expression. The lines and designs are a means of communication, of rules, traditions, and stories – just like the dance itself.
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - For all ages | Proud performers of all ages, who have travelled from remote Cape York communities such as Aurukun, Bamaga, Coen, and Lockhart River, take turns to shake, stomp, and clap in a new slice of history for generations to come.
Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Laura, Qld As the largest gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival on Cape York Peninsula is an exciting biennial event, about passing on cultural traditions across generations.