Adventure in Culture – Women’s Tour of Yolŋu Homeland, East Arnhem Land

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The Yolŋu often say the land is their mother. It nurtures, heals and guides their lives. This is why the female visitor experience and connection to the Yolŋu people is often so profound. 

Our Gay’wu women’s tour provides female visitors with the opportunity to come together with their Yolŋu sisterhood and learn about their culture, history and country. Equally, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with every aspect of their own lives – environment, spirituality and philosophy. 

The dilly bag is a powerful and important cultural symbol in Arnhem Land, where it was first created thousands of years ago. Woven with dyed pandanus leaves, the dilly bag has both a practical and spiritual meaning, the practicality of holding foods and medicines gathered from the bush.
The spiritual meaning of the dilly bag has given rise to the name of this tour, as it’s also used to carry knowledge.

The women of Arnhem Land wish to open their hearts to visitors and share the knowledge they have acquired over many thousands of years. Knowledge of the bush, the ancestors, the sky and the universe.

You will experience many extraordinary things on this tour, and time spent with the Yolŋu women is often described as “life changing”. 

You’ll learn about and experience Yolŋu philosophy and kinship, weaving, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, crying ceremony (Nathi) and cooking.

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