- 1.5 hour fascinating art class with a local Anangu artist
- Fun introduction to Aboriginal culture and beliefs
- Take home an amazing dot painting of your own story
WHAT TO EXPECT
Learn about one of the most fascinating cultures in the world! Prepare to be amazed as you go on an unforgettable journey deep into the heart and soul of Aboriginal culture. It’s the oldest surviving culture in the world. We guarantee you’ll be blown away by fantastic Creation Time Stories of these ancient indigenous people.
During this 1.5 hour workshop, our local Aboriginal artist will demonstrate the strong link between Aboriginal art and history. You’ll get an introduction to several intriguing desert art forms and we promise it’ll be great of fun. In fact, you’ll even get the chance to paint your very own traditional dot painting! This is an Aussie experience you’ll never forget.
Meet the amazing Anangu people
Today, there are more than 500 indigenous tribes or nations spread out through Australia. One of them is the Anangu people who live in the Central Australian desert near Uluru or Ayers Rock. Their community has an estimated 4,000 members and many still live on their ancestral land in the desert.
The Anangu have been very successful in keeping alive their traditional language and culture. They still have a close relationship with nature and protectors of one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions, Uluru - a sacred Anangu site. For thousands of years, this area has had a strong symbolic value and it continues to be covered in mystery.
Our dot painting workshop is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this fascinating culture first hand.
Learn an ancient art form
During the workshop, you’ll get introduced to different desert art forms. Our local Anangu artists are highly experiences, but be careful – their passion is contagious! There’s a chance you’ll end up discovering an unknown talent for dot painting.
Aboriginals use symbols and varying painting styles to tell stories from the so-called Creation time or Tjukurpa. Cave paintings and other artwork make it possible to travel back in time and understand ancient tales. This is why dot painting is such an important part of Aboriginal culture: it’s a fantastic way to see what happened in the past. Forget everything about boring history books – dots are way more fun!
As the cherry on top, you’ll get to test your own artistic skills. Using the tips and tricks you’ve learned during the workshop, you’ll paint your very own story. The best part is that when you’re done, you can take home a beautiful little piece of indigenous art. What better souvenir to ask for?
Support a good cause
Maruku is an Indigenous Tourism Champion and a non-profit art and craft corporation. We’ve existed for more than 30 years and we’re 100% owned and run by the Anangu people. Since the beginning, it’s been our mission to keep Anangu cultural practices strong. We’re proud to have such a fascinating heritage and we can’t wait to share it with you.
We play an important part in attracting tourism to Anangu lands, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Through our work, we seek to benefit the local artists, their families, and their communities. Our artist collective is made up by approximately 900 Anangu artists, who are all very passionate about their art.
At Maruku, we like to think that education is the key to understanding. That’s why we’re so happy to be able to share our fantastic culture and history. This way, we help to create respect and increase cultural awareness in Australia. We always do our best to make sure you walk away with an absolutely fantastic memory and a big smile on your face!
Departures date and time:
Daily tours from 10:30 am to 12:00 am and from 1:30 pm to 15:00 pm.
Maximum group size of 5 people.