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Standley Chasm Cultural Experience Tour

Wander through Angkerle Atwatye (AKA Standley Chasm), learn about the Western Arrernte peoples' connection to the land and join in a dot painting workshop.
By Dominic Gruenewald
November 11, 2021
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By Dominic Gruenewald
November 11, 2021
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Angkerle Atwatye, also known as Standley Chasm, is a site of immense importance to the Indigenous community and Traditional Custodians of the land, the Western Arrernte people. Respectful visitors are welcomed by the Western Arrernte, who offer guided tours of the truly spectacular natural landscape. Angkerle Atwatye means 'gap of water', and this rich red- and orange-hued gorge right by Alice Springs is the result of a centuries-old waterway that once passed through.

A half-day site tour is a fully immersive experience. The tour includes a guided walk through the gorge, during which you'll learn about native flora and fauna, bush tucker, bush medicine and weaponry, as well as the community's deep spiritual connection to the land. After a morning tea break, you then have the opportunity to take part in a guided discussion about traditional and contemporary Aboriginal society and the continued preservation of Indigenous culture. This is followed by a dot painting workshop to learn traditional techniques, and finishes with a catered al fresco lunch.

Tourism Australia/Tourism NT

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