ABORIGINAL CULTURE

Explore Culture

Our Aboriginal festival culture lineup at Cully Fest 2017 will celebrate the best of our Aboriginal and Outback culture. Sharing individual stories and history handed down through generations,  celebrating our eccentricities and differences. There’s dirt, there’s dust and there’s desert out back, but there’s also one thing that thrives in this sometimes unforgiving environment and that’s the unconventional and utterly engaging characters you’ll find at Cully Fest.  The people and the faces are a major drawcard to Cully Fest… and, with great country hospitality at Cully Fest, you’ll find them happy to sit and share a yarn or two.

Aboriginal Performers

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Didgeridoo making

Wood, time, patience, skill, and a whole lot of soul. That’s what it takes to make a didgeridoo and at Cully Fest this year you’ll be be able to learn how. Men of all ages are invited to take part in this sacred process that turns an ordinary tree into an incredible instrument whose sound just goes on and on…

Didgeridoo Playing

There’s a trick to playing Australia’s most famous wind instrument and at Cully Fest, our master players are going to show you how it’s done. Whether you’ve already mastered circular breathing, or have never touched the instrument before in your life – get stuck into this rich part of Australian culture and see if you can make that famous haunting sound.

Didgeridoo performers

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Aboriginal Language

They say a few words in the local language will go a long way – in the case of the Queensland tribes, a few words will take you a long way back, through history. Gain a deeper understanding of the origins of Australia and it’s people thanks to the aboriginal language workshops at Cully Fest this year.

Aboriginal Dance

Catch a glimpse of the true soul of Australia this year, as world famous dance troupe, Queensland’s own Guwamu Aboriginal Dancers take to the campfire. After travelling extensively in Japan, South America, Canada and the United States, they are returning home to perform traditional Aboriginal dances from the Guwamu Nation (South West Qld) that they have permission to share with the public – we’re honoured to have them.

Bush Tucker

There’s not too many Aussies that can boast that they’ve wrapped an emu in gum leaves and cooked it in a hole or earth oven. Cunnamulla’s Geoff Drury can. The taste of the meat cooked authentically using age-old Aboriginal Kup Murri traditions is indescribable.If you like your tucker, join Aboriginal bushmen at Cully Fest as they prepare the Kup Murri and leave it down the hole to cook a roast, the likes of which you’ve never had.

Aboriginal Novelist – Herb Wharton

Herb Wharton, an Aboriginal elder, is an Australian legend. A successful Aboriginal poet and novelist, he has travelled the world as an in demand speaker sharing his views, poetry and stories. Herb has possibly seen more of Outback Australia from horseback than most European explorers – grab a seat and gather ‘round, as you’d better believe he’s got some stories to tell.

Acknowledgement of country

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Aboriginal Art

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Aboriginal Workshops

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QLD Aboriginal Tribes

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Aboriginal Storytelling

If you haven’t experienced a true orator before, you’re in for a treat. With the rise of the written word, we’ve forgotten what it’s like to truly experience a story. Last year festival goers lined up to take part in this rare opportunity to hear firsthand from Aboriginal elders and storytellers about their histories, spiritual relationships, and dreamtime stories. Aboriginal storytelling cuts right to the spiritual relationship between man and the earth, and this year, you won’t want to miss it.

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