1. Australia’s Indigenous people have the oldest living cultural history in the world.
2. This weekend, thousands of people from around Australia gathered at Gulkula in the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land for the Garma 2014 Festival.
3. Each day dancers remind festival-goers of the “balance and cultural power of Aboriginal knowledge systems and learnings.”
4. Indigenous Australian culture goes back at least 50,000 years and possibly up to 65,000 years.
5. Senior Gumatj elder Djunga Djunga Yunupingu presided over festivities.
6. The festival combines cultural displays and dancing with debate about Indigenous policy.
7. Witiyana Marikam, from the Yothu Yindi Foundation, which runs the festival, told the ABC it was important that Yolngu shared their culture with the rest of the world.
“To recognise that we are the people who still got our culture and dignity to present,” he said.