The Eastern and Central Arrernte people live in Central Australia,
their traditional land including the area of Alice Springs and East
MacDonnell Ranges. They are also referred to as Aranda, Arrarnta,
Arunta, and other similar spellings. Their neighbours are the Southern
Arrernte, Luritja, Anmatyerr, Alyawarr and Western Arrernte peoples.
There are five dialects of the Arrernte language: South-eastern, Central,
Northern, Eastern and North-eastern.
Arrernte country is rich with mountain ranges, waterholes, and gorges;
as a result the Arrernte people set aside 'conservation areas' in
which various species are protected.
Arrernte people maintain a strong presence in Alice Springs, and have
formed the Arrernte Council of Central Australia, as well playing
a major role in the Aboriginal organisations in Alice Springs. Many
Arrernte people also live in communities outside of Alice Springs
and on outstations.
There are roughly 1800 speakers of Eastern and Central Arrernte, making
it the largest spoken language in the Arandic family, and one of the
largest speaking populations of any Australian language. It is taught
in schools, heard in local media and local government.
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