As a traveler, you have a choice. You can be on the outside looking in as a tourist, or engross yourself fully into a culture and truly experience a different way of life. Many people will choose the easier, comfortable route and remain ignorant to much of the place they are visiting. You are able to sit and watch how the culture evolves around you with little to no effort. Coming to Australia, I chose the latter, and intend to do the same in every new country I hit from now on.Me: “I can’t believe we’re immersing ourselves in aboriginal culture for a day, when the Australians know so little about their origins.”
Mom: “True, but that’s similar to our [lack of] connection to the Native Americans.”
Such an enlightening response that got me thinking (and feeling admittedly guilty) about my lack of experience with my own indigenous people beyond the second grade classroom. I’m will have to change this as soon as I’m back to the States.
I found it amazing how open and honest the tribe was in sharing the stories of their people Tjapukai Bama “People of the Rainforest” with us, albeit within the confines of the Aboriginal Cultural Park in North Queensland. I see the Aboriginals in passing around Sydney on a regular basis, but knew nothing about their roots. Take a peek at my experience.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Tjapukai by Day is a celebration of the living history of the descendent of theoriginal inhabitants of mountains, gorges, lands and waters of a richly forested part of the Great Dividing Range including the Barron Gorge and surrounding areas within the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
The world’s oldest living culture is brought to life by Aboriginal people who engage guests with interactive activities. Learn to play the didgeridoo, discover the medicinal values of bush tucker, throw a boomerang and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance, fire making and storytelling.
Food & Medicines of the Bush
Djabugay tribe fast facts
Migration – Tjapukai people were nomads within their own tribal boundaries.
Beliefs – The major beliefs are in the Elder’s knowledge and reincarnation.
Tribal law – The Tjapukai people are very adaptable. They cope with their own laws (lores) as well as todays laws.
Language- Speakers of the Djabugay language include not only the Djabuganydji people but the Nyagalindji, Gulunydji, Bulwanydji and Yirrganydji. All these peoples spoke one ngirrma, one language. There are vast differences in dialect regionally.