The Anangu People live in the areas surrounding Uluru, Australia’s most iconic landmark. They harbour one of the oldest living cultures in the world which dates back thousands of years, and continue to preserve age-old traditions and heritage in the present day.
For the Anangu people, life revolves around the Tjurkurpa, which refers to the period in time when the world was just being formed. Because of this, life and new birth is extremely important to the tribe, and the hare wallaby, woma python, and the poisonous snake, Liru, are held in high esteem in the region.
The culture of the Anangu people is heavily dominated by stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Stories that involve the travels of the Woma Python from hundreds of miles away, as well as other notable creatures from the region. Rituals and ceremonies form a large part of life for the Anangu people, because they are the perfect vessels for recounting traditional stories and keeping ancient narratives alive in the present day.
In Anangu culture, the art of dance is reserved for a very small number of special events and is therefore rarely seen. During the performance, senior Anangu men and women share with you traditional song and dance or “Inma.”