meeting the locals : five nice places to visit

The Yolngu Songlines : Australia
Northern Territory’s East Arnhem Land is home to the Yolngu people. This vast land has remained unchanged for more than 40,000 years and will touch you with Its strong sense of tradition. With the guidance of Crooked Compass, you’ll be transported from signed tarmac roads Into one of the most untouched areas of Australia. Upon arrival to the Bawaka Homeland you’ll be welcomed by the Burarrwanga family and immersed into the Yolngu culture. Women will be guided through activities such as weaving, cooking, and crafts while spearfishing and didgeridoo making are available to the men. An exploratory hike to the cyan waters of Lonely Beach will bring home Just how pristine this land is. By night, Dreamtinne stories, passed down over generations. are told by a crackling fire. It’s an experience that will move you to your core.

The Yolngu Songlines : Australia
The Yolngu Songlines : Australia

Picinc with the Penan : Malaysia
in Sarawak’s Jungle, learning to live and survive as the indigenous Penan is a Journey back to basics. Taking visitors deep Into the heart of the Jungle, exploring the national parks and trekking beneath a tangled rainforest canopy to the traditional homes of the Penan tribe, Adventure Alternative offer travellers the opportunity to learn from the indigenous people about their way of life. You’ll learn to identify medicinal and edible plants, undertake jungle survival skills and craft traditional gifts as well as shower In waterfalls, lighting fires and sleeping in a hammock — you’ll become an expert on how they live and work. Once you’ve completed your time with the Penan, you’ll be expertly equipped to embark on a wetland river safari, take a visit to an orangutan rehabilitation centre or search for the native proboscis monkey and Irrawaddy dolphin.

Picinc with the Penan : Malaysia
Picinc with the Penan : Malaysia

catching up with the Kanak : New Caledonia
Culture Is alive In New Caledonia with an estimated 40 per cent of the archipelago’s total population still made up of the Kanak people. Dedicated to Kanak culture is the architecturally spectacular Tjibaou Cultural Centre In Noumea. Nestled between Magenta and Tina bays In the Tina Peninsula, the curved wooden structures rise above surrounding woodland and mangroves in this preserved natural site. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Cultural Centre was designed to replicate the Island’s traditional architecture and houses a museum, performance spaces, a library and an art centre. inside the monument, which is named after Kanak leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou, visitors will find sculptures, paintings, photographs and regular dance performances that represent Kanak and Pacific culture. Outside the hut-like buildings are a botanical garden and the winding Kanak path, which outlines the importance of nature to the Kanak people and the myth of the creation of man. Get the timing right, and you’ll even be treated to a performance by the We Ce Ca group, proving the Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a totally immersive Kanak cultural experience.

catching up with the Kanak : New Caledonia
catching up with the Kanak : New Caledonia

hanging with the Hadzabe : Tanzania
As you traverse the plains near Lake Eyasi In the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, you can almost hear the rhythmic footfalls and pulsating chanting of the Hadzabe people. One of the last ancient tribes of hunter-gatherers on the planet, whose way of life has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years, the Hadzabe live In harmony with nature, finding everything that they need to survive within the arresting landscapes they call home. A stay at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge In Tanzania offers the opportunity to meet the Hadzabe and immerse yourself in their way of life. Here, you’ll learn about their hunting methods and how to forage for tubers, honey and berries in the surrounding shrubbery. After a day of dancing, learning the intricacies of beadwork and listening to stories, you can unwind in your banana leaf-domed stilted suite, inspired by the Masai mud and stick manyatta and decorated with rich fabrics and African antiquities, reminiscing about your experience.

hanging with the Hadzabe : Tanzania
hanging with the Hadzabe : Tanzania

pow wow celebrations : Canada
Convention centres generally don’t come to mind when imagining indigenous cultural gatherings and celebrations, but Manito Ahbee is an event unlike any other. Held annually in Winnipeg, Canada, the festival draws its moniker from the sacred site in Manitoba’s Whiteshell National Park, where First Nations people gather to share their traditions and teachings and perform ceremonies (its name means “where the Creator sits”). The celebrations kick off with the lighting of the sacred fire, held at The Forks National Historic Site, which signifies the opening of its numerous events. Witness Pow Wow —the celebration of culture and friendship among Native American communities — where more than 800 dancers come together to show off their skills; see the square dance exhibition and the jigging competition in honour of the Metis community; discover the myriad trinkets and traditional artworks at the indigenous Marketplace and Tradeshow; and marvel at artists as they put brush to canvas in live art challenges.

pow wow celebrations : Canada
pow wow celebrations : Canada