Welcome to Alice Springs, Central Australia
For 40,000 years the Alice Springs area has been a traditional "meeting place" for the trading of Aboriginal artifacts, the maintenance and exchange of Aboriginal customs, knowledge and culture and more recently for Aboriginal art.
Courtesy of the Pwerte Marnte Marnte Aboriginal Corporation, the vibrant living culture of the traditional owners, the Arrernte people, can be enjoyed today.
Statement by Pwerte Marnte Marnte Aboriginal Corporation
We are here from the beginning.
We are descendants of the Dreamtime by our creator ancestors.
We kept the land as it was in the early days.
Our culture focuses on the memory of the origins of life.
We refer to the forces and powers that created the world of creative ancestors.
Our magnificent world was created only by the power, wisdom and intentions of our ancestral beings.
We invite our visitors from around the world to share our culture. Our community, Arrernte, has developed this website, honoring our nation's ancestors, law and traditions.
We are building the economic and cultural foundations to bequeathed to our children who will have the strength to protect and promote our culture in the future.
We are proud of the fact the our interactive Didgeridoo School was one of the first sites in the world to feature online Didgeridoo lessons.
Thank you for supporting our Community’s vision.
At contact there was no single, homogeneous Aboriginal society. Groups differed in aspects of their cultural and social organisation and in the Northern Territory alone over 100 different languages were spoken. These were separate languages, as unlike one another as French and Russian.
Existence of widespread social networks meant that people had to be multilingual to communicate. The Arrernte group could speak up to 10 languages/dialects.
Likewise, music and dance, kinship systems, art forms and ceremonies differed dramatically between regions. Yet these differences were probably less important than the underlying similarities which brought groups together for ceremonies, for trade, to intermarry and which allowed the maintenance of myths, song lines and exchange cycles that extended over hundreds of kilometres.
Even today regional variations remain. There is no one Aboriginal society and people in different regions tend to emphasise their own distinctness and identity.
It is a unique opportunity for you to share in our culture.