Some of the youngest Bulman Dancers amaze the Barunga Festival crowd with their level of skill and undeniable committment to tradition.

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    Former ranger Simon Brown has some help removing the bark sheets from the bullocky camp oven so the festival feast can begin.

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    Some of the youngest Bulman Dancers kick up the sand for the Barunga Festival crowd and show off their skill and undeniable committment to tradition.

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    Kicking up the sand Bulman Dancers amaze the Barunga Festival crowd with their skill and undeniable committment to tradition.

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    Eddie, one of the extraordinary painted faces from the Barunga Festival who embodies true pride and committment to tradition and culture.

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    Simon, the spear artisan, is one of the charismatic and generous locals sharing the finese required to hand make traditional hunting tools.

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    Sitting with local experts to discover new skills and taking them home to share is one of the great thrills of the annual Barunga Festival.

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    Dotted throughout the trees at the festival hover enormous creative sculptures of native lizards, crocodiles, fish and birds.

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    Ahead of opening night, giant illuminated Mimi spirit sculptures made out of paper and bamboo await the festival crowds.

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    A warm welcome driving into the Barunga Festival.

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In pictures: Burunga Festival

By Australian Geographic | February 28, 2019

From humble beginnings 30 years ago, the Northern Territory’s annual Barunga Festival now attracts more than 4000 people from around the world to sing, dance and celebrate Indigenous traditions.