IGA WARTA, NORTH­ERN FLIN­DERS RANGES, SA

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

Drive a cou­ple of hours north of Wilpena Pound and you’ll find a place where you can gain an un­der­stand­ing of this re­gion’s tra­di­tional peo­ple, the Ad­nya­math­anha. Set among the moun­tains of South Aus­tralia’s North­ern Flin­ders Ranges, Ad­nya­math­anha guides from Iga Warta (igawarta.com) camp run tours to rock art sites, give lessons in lo­cal flora and re­gale old sto­ries around the camp­fire come evening. “Iga Warta means the place of the na­tive or­ange. You’ll have a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Ad­nya­math­anha cul­ture first­hand whilst stay­ing at an Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity,” says Ter­rence Coulthard, whose fam­ily, tra­di­tional own­ers here, run the camp. He’s work­ing on a lan­guage project that is pre­serv­ing Yura Ngawarla, his peo­ple’s lan­guage. “The pass­ing on of our cul­ture and knowl­edge is at the heart of what we do in the com­mu­nity at Iga Warta. We must keep our cul­ture and lan­guage strong; with­out them we have noth­ing.” So, head here and ap­pre­ci­ate what’s de­picted in the 35,000-year-old rock art, or go to Nguthu­nanga Mai Am­bat­anha, a women’s site, where you’ll learn about tra­di­tional is­sues and per­spec­tives. You’ll un­der­stand the peo­ple and their place in the land bet­ter, but also help to pre­serve it for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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