An indigenous Welcome to Country ceremony is often what greets visitors on their arrival to Australia for events. But for most visitors, that's where the encounter with Australia's Aboriginal culture stops. Which is a shame, because Aboriginal culture is layers deep with insight and fascination for those who take the time to explore it.
Robert Taylor is CEO of WAITOC (Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council), the peak representative for Aboriginal tours and experiences in Western Australia. Of Nhanda, Yamaji heritage, Robert's entrepreneurial experience of more than 25 years has seen him combine skills across the hospitality and tourism industry while championing Aboriginal businesses and culture.
Quotes from this episode:
"If you have ever read any (Colonist diaries), some people said that Aboriginal people just roamed around, but actually they didn't."
"The other connection to the Welcome to Country that the Aboriginal people have is that if you were on their country and you weren't welcomed in and you hurt yourself, they would feel bad about that."
Didgeridoo music used with permission.
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