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The Garden

Nyinkka Nyunyu features a landscaped garden of indigenous plants and bush tucker, all selected by Wumpurrani (Aboriginal people). There are two dance performance areas, where putjali ( men’s singing and dance) and yawulyu ( women’s singing and dance) will be performed for visitors.

This garden represents landscapes which have special significance for Wumpurrani. Around the men’s dance area the landscaping shows wankarr, watercourse country with a dry river bed. Around the Nyinkka Nyunyu sacred site and the women’s dance area, the plants and soil are those of wangarri, the low rocky hills of the Tennant Creek region. Some trees and shrubs planted in this area are used for windbreaks, shade and decorative body ornaments.

The dance areas are separate because men and women do not dance on the same ground. The soil for the dance grounds was brought in from Phillip Creek station,. The bough shelters and corridors for dancing have been adapted under the direction of the elders from traditional structures made of ngurrku (snappy gum) and muna (spinifex).

Bush Bananas
Above: Bush bananas (Mingarna in Warumungu) are one of the great variety of plants that will be included in the native garden landscape.
the garden
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