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Tinkerbee

Alice Springs Darwin Katherine Ulu r u Kings Canyon

Werte! Local Arrernte elder, artist and educator, Kumalie Riley, is the owner and operator of Tinkerbee Central and Eastern Arrernte Cross-Cultural and Interpretation Services.

Join an interactive Sandpainting Workshop with Kumalie and create your own art piece while you discover the meaning of traditional symbols and explore Indigenous storytelling through art and language.

Follow your cultural experience with a relaxing morning or afternoon tea and browse a range of local art, craft and souvenirs in the lobby shop.

Cultural yarn tours are also available upon request, with a late afternoon start, from Chifley Resort. Experience a Welcome to Country in language and stroll through the grounds of the property and along the banks of the Todd River, as Kumalie shares her cultural knowledge and personal stories. Discover Bush Tucker (traditional foods) and creation stories of the area that connect local Arrente people to the country, through art, song, dance and storytelling.

This is a rare and authentic cultural experience that will enrich any visit to this special region.

  • Information

    Tour types

    • Cultural and Theme Tours
    • Walking and Biking Tours

    Accreditation

    • Australian Tourism Accreditation Program
  • Tours

    Cultural Orientation

    Join Kumalie for an in-depth cultural orientation where she will introduce you to the essentials at the heart of Arrente culture.

    Visitors will learn about traditional and contemporary Australian Aboriginal culture in a Central Australian context.

    Learn to introduce yourself in basic Arrente and learn of the different language groups and dialects around Mbantua (Alice Springs).

    Kumalie will introduce you to traditional symbols that are commonly used in local art and rock paintings, which represent elements of the culture and were essential to communication, allowing important stories to be shared.

    Investigate the use of totems and traditional kinship systems in Arrente culture. Discover the importance of these for identity and relationships in Aboriginal Law and how it relates to the connection to Land/ Apmere.

    Kumalie will also describe traditional bush tucker, bush medicine and survival techniques and discuss contemporary social and cross-cultural issues, cross-cultural communication dynamics and skills.

    Tours require a minimum of 4 people to run and are limited to a maximum of 10ppl.

    Tinkerbee Cultural Yarns Tour

    Cultural walking tours are also available upon request, with a late afternoon start from Mercure Alice Springs Resort.

    Experience a Welcome to Country in the local Arrente language and stroll through the grounds of the property and along the banks of the Todd River, as Kumalie shares her cultural knowledge and personal stories. Discover Bush Tucker (traditional foods) and creation stories of the area that connect local Arrente people to the country, through art, song, dance and storytelling.

    Tinkerbee Sandpainting Workshop

    Join an interactive Sandpainting Workshop with Kumalie, a traditional Arrente Elder, teacher, storyteller and cultural advisor.

    Create your own art piece while you discover the meaning of traditional symbols and explore Indigenous storytelling, through art and language.

    Follow your cultural experience with a relaxing morning or afternoon tea and browse a range of local art, craft and souvenirs in the lobby shop.

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