New partnership brings Aboriginal culture to Sydney Harbour

13 December 2019
Tribal Warrior
Tribal Warrior

The NRMA has joined forces with Tribal Warrior to bring Aboriginal culture to life on Sydney Harbour this summer through traditional dance, song and interactive demonstrations.

In a first-of-its-kind cultural cruise and tour, local and international tourists are invited to immerse themselves in the traditions of our First Nations Peoples on an educational journey to Me-Mel, also known as Goat Island.

Visitors will be greeted with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony, learn about bush food and medicine, throw boomerangs and take part in a traditional song and dance.

Along the journey, guests will also learn about Aboriginal place names and hear stories of landmarks significant to the Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people who lived on the water.

NRMA Chief Financial Officer Michael Gabriel said Aboriginal people were among the world’s first mariners and this new experience was an opportunity to learn their history.

“In partnership with Tribal Warrior we aim to revitalise these historic maritime traditions and invite guests to see Sydney Harbour through fresh eyes,” Mr Gabriel said.

“While Aboriginal cultures date back over 60,000 years many of their traditions are still practiced today and this is a wonderful way for locals and tourists to better understand and celebrate this ancient culture.

“As one of Australia’s largest transport and tourism operators we are passionate about offering more Indigenous experiences to our 2.6 million Members and visitors through our Member benefits program Blue and the mynrma app.”

Tribal Warrior CEO Shane Philips said while their not-for-profit organisation has been running cultural cruises on Sydney Harbour for years this new partnership with the NRMA would allow them to reach more people and enhance the experience for visitors.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to share our knowledge and appreciation for our land while showcasing our rich culture and heritage in one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” Mr Philips said.

“Our culture is all about growing and learning and bringing people together and we want people to walk away from this incredible experience with a whole new perspective. Guests will be immersed in our practices and protocols and also learn a song and dance that they can bring home and share with their families. It’s all about sharing and embracing each other, that is the most important thing.”

The two hour tour operates every Friday and Saturday from 17 January 2020 at 10am and 1pm from Circular Quay, Wharf 6. NRMA Members save 15%.

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