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The famous monolithe (Ayers Rock) A huge stone in the middle of the
desert, this austere and arid environment. Not quite… it is rather
a monolith 3.6km long, 348m high and9km !!! in diameter!!!! And we
can only see the surface, so imagine the immensity of this monolith’s
First Europeen to have seen Ayers
Rock was the topographer Ernest Giles in 1871.
One year after, the first climbing of the monolith was concluded by
the explorer William Gosse, who named it Ayers Rock, of the name of
a politician of the Autralie-Southerner
Pukulpa Pitjama Ananguku Ngurakutu Pukul Ngalya Ngalya Yanama Ananguku
want tourist to learn about our place, to listen to us Anangu,
not just to look at the sunset and climb on the puli (Uluru).
Now we are thinking we will build a Cultural centre tu teach the
minga (tourists) better. We will teach them about the minga (tourists)
better. We teach them about the Tjukurpa, teach them inma (dancing),
show them how we make punu (woodcarving). We will teach them about
joint management. We are always saying Pukulpa Pitjama Ananguku
Ngurakutu-Welcome to Aboriginal land. (Tjamiwa).
Cultural Centre provides visitors with a variety of information
about Anangu culture. Here you will experience some rich Anangu
traditions, including arts and crafts and other aspects that ma
hat make up Anangu life today.
It will also show you how Anangu work with ANCA to manage Uluru-Kata
Tjuta natiinal Park. The desing of the Cultural Centre and its
content is the result of a close collaboration between Anangu,
ANCA and the architectural and display consultants. "This is Aboriginal
land and you are welcome. Look around and learn, in order to understand
Aboriginal people and also understand that Aboriginal culture
is strong and alive." (Nellie Patterson).
Tjukurpa is the foundation of Anangu culture.
It provides the rules for behaviour and for living together.
It is the Law for caring for one another and for the land
that supports people's existence. Tjukurpa refers to the time
of creation as well as the present time. Tjukurpa is the relatonship
between people, plants, animals and the phsical features of
the land. Knowledge of how these relationships came to be,
what they mean and how they must be maintained, is explained
in the Tjukurpa. Tjukurpa has been translated as "Dreaming"
or"Dreamtime, this is inadequate, as Tjukurpa does not refer
to dreaming in a conventional western sense; it is not unreal
or imaginary. Tjukurpa is the traditional Law that expains
existence and guides daily life. Tjukurpa is existence itself,
in the past, present and future. Tjukurpa provides answers
to important questions such as the creation of the world and
how people and all livings things fit into the total picture
of life. It is the basis of the laws that sustain nature and
all beings. "In the old days Anangu used this cave for shelter
in the same way as the Mala did. That's the water there they
used. This is the same continuous culture that we have now.
We can't just throw it away or leave it. This is our culture" (Barbara Tjikatu).
The Tjukurpa is all around us in the landscape itself. When
Anangu look at the land, and all the features and living things
upon it, there is visible evidence that the ancestral beings
still exist. Uluru, and its many different features, continue
to tell about the Tjukurpa. In the beginning the world was
unformed and featureless. Ancestral beings emerged from this
void and journeyed widely, creating all living species and
the features of the desert.
Uluru-Kata Cultural Centre PO. Box 119, Yulara. NT 0872 - Ph:(08) 8956 3138.
thank the Office which has to give Infos to me on the history of
Uluru and the translation. Patrice Terebus