Celebrating 30 years since Uluru’s handback

Anangu have celebrated 30 years since Australia’s iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the traditional owners of the land.

The park counted down to the special day with a week of presentations at the Cultural Centre, where visitors learned from Anangu about Tjukurpa, handback, mai (fruits and seeds) and joint management of the park.

On Saturday 24 October the celebrations began with a community day, barbecue and inma (traditional dance) at Mutitjulu.

Mamu inma | Image credit Angela Teasdale

_Children enjoy the celebrations_

On Sunday we held a special Anniversary Concert at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku featuring a Welcome to Country, inma, and performances by Dan Sultan and the Shane Howard Trio. The Central Australian Women’s Choir, Creekside Reggae Band (Warakrna) and Djuki Mala were among the many acts who helped us celebrate and reflect.

_Dan Sultan performed at the Anniversary Concert_

There were a number of moving speeches made by the descendants of those who fought for the return of Uluru, and traditional owners were presented with commemorative gifts to mark the achievements made by their elders.

_Celebrating 30 years since Uluru’s handback_

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park