Staying Alive – The Ancient History of Uluru
A trip to Australia’s Red Centre on tours to Uluru and Kata Tjuta will transport you to an ancient land, steeped in history, traditional Anangu culture and legends that stretch back tens of thousands of years.
How old is Uluru?
Uluru is no stranger to history and is estimated to be around 600 million years old. That means, that when Uluru was formed dinosaurs weren’t even a twinkle in the ameba’s “eye”/single cell. So it is ancient.
Who owns Uluru?
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is owned by the traditional land owners, the Anangu. The land is leased to the Australian government and is managed by the Anangu and Parks Australia using a mixture of traditional methods and land management.
How long have humans known about Uluru & Kata Tjuta?
It is thought that humans have lived in the Uluru area for as long as 30,000 years, with rock art dating back as far as that.
What history and traditional culture can you see today whilst on Uluru tours?
The Anangu still live by traditional Tjukurpa which is their law and helps enrich and keep their culture strong, remaining unchanged for generations. Whilst on Uluru and Kata Tjuta tours you can witness traditional practices being carried out such as dot painting, the telling of Tjukurpa stories, inma – which is traditional song and dance, and gathering “bush tucker” – traditional Anangu fayre.
How did/do the Anangu people make the paints for their rock art?
The Anangu people traditionally fashioned paint for their rock art and other artworks from ash and naturally occurring minerals. These were placed on flat stones and crushed and mixed with substances such as animal fats/oils and water. Colours you will see still today in Anangu art are red, organe, yellow, white, grey and black which echo the land in which they come from.
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