t h e p e o p l e o f p a l a w a
palawa people are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years – their culture and heritage is distinctively different from mainland Aboriginal cultures, both in traditional times and since European occupation.
The magnificent natural landscape of North East Tasmania is the perfect place to reveal the palawa story, as contemporary palawa culture is most strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, as well as the Furneaux Islands. The palawa people did not document their history or keep it in museums – this landscape is their museum.
creation – a beautiful creation story.
community – community is very important
country – A place like no other
sharing – I heard the truth
gather – only taking what I need
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The Bay of Fires Tasmania
larapuna is a special place for the palawa people. It is located on the far north East Coast of Tasmania. The East Coast cultural landscape stretches all the way out over the muka[the sea] to tayaritja [Furneaux Islands].
This area is the cultural homeland of the palawa.
The Walk traverses National Park and Reserve landscapes, across an area more commonly known as the Bay of Fires.
The structure of the Walk is along the same lines as more established walks such as the Bay of Fires Walk, the Freycinet Experience Walk and the Maria Island Walk.
Situated in North East Tasmania, Australia – 2.5 hours from Launceston, 4.5 hours from Hobart and 1.5 hours from St Helens, on the East Coast.
” I was one of the lucky ones to experience the first commercial walk. The guides were excellent, especially Ben who shared stories of his culture and explained so much about the fauna and flora with first hand examples of native foods, hunting and day to day traditional living. The purpose built accommodation was exceptional and is a draw card on its own. The food comprised of traditional foods such as mutton bird, wallaby, crayfish as well as auntie Sherly’s dip and spotted dick!! The inclusion of food from aunties helped to connect us to community and I felt very welcomed and included by the palawa people. An afternoon of cultural art and basket making was a highlight as was a swim and walk along this pristine coastline to Bay of Fires. It was here that our group spontaneously and simultaneously found a quietness and serenity that was observed, noted and repected by all. The scenery was enhanced by a pod of dolphins watched from the red capped rocks at the base of the light house. The organisers went out of their way to accommodate our every need.
Thank you for the experiences and best wishes for the future development of this Wukalina Walk” Debra Armstrong