Indigenous Queensland

Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is one of the oldest living societies on the planet and its intricate history and traditional practices can be experienced in so many ways, all across Queensland. Here are a few suggestions...
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Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Laura, Qld  As the largest gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival on Cape York Peninsula is an exciting biennial event, about passing on cultural traditions across generations.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, Laura, Qld As the largest gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival on Cape York Peninsula is an exciting biennial event, about passing on cultural traditions across generations.

Images from the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival | The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, held every two years in the tiny town of Laura in North Queensland, Australia, is as much about education as it is about celebration.  Via @MatadorNetwork

Images from the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival | The Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, held every two years in the tiny town of Laura in North Queensland, Australia, is as much about education as it is about celebration. Via @MatadorNetwork

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - For all ages | Proud performers of all ages, who have travelled from remote Cape York communities such as Aurukun, Bamaga, Coen, and Lockhart River, take turns to shake, stomp, and clap in a new slice of history for generations to come.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - For all ages | Proud performers of all ages, who have travelled from remote Cape York communities such as Aurukun, Bamaga, Coen, and Lockhart River, take turns to shake, stomp, and clap in a new slice of history for generations to come.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Pilgrimage | One of the largest gatherings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, the three-day event is a significant pilgrimage for more than 500 performers and up to 5,000 spectators.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Pilgrimage | One of the largest gatherings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, the three-day event is a significant pilgrimage for more than 500 performers and up to 5,000 spectators.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Jumping | This land, around 140 kilometers west of Cooktown, is a respected and sacred bora ground (ceremony site) and has provided the stage for this important gathering for 20 years.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Jumping | This land, around 140 kilometers west of Cooktown, is a respected and sacred bora ground (ceremony site) and has provided the stage for this important gathering for 20 years.

Mornington Island Dancers, performing at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Mornington Island Dancers, performing at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Spiritual adornment | The white clay and ochre body paint smeared on the dancers' bodies is not just about artistic expression. The lines and designs are a means of communication, of rules, traditions, and stories – just like the dance itself.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - Spiritual adornment | The white clay and ochre body paint smeared on the dancers' bodies is not just about artistic expression. The lines and designs are a means of communication, of rules, traditions, and stories – just like the dance itself.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - The welcome | The festival begins with a traditional "Welcome to Country" and handing back of the previous winner’s shield, and culminates in the ultimate dance off.

Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival - The welcome | The festival begins with a traditional "Welcome to Country" and handing back of the previous winner’s shield, and culminates in the ultimate dance off.

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