Park history – from a piranpa perspective
Indigenous Australians do not typically share the linear and time-based view of history of non-Indigenous Australians. The history we will look at in this section is based mainly on the records of piranpa (non-Aboriginal people) who have visited Uluru and the central Australian region. We will cover the following three topics:
Participants in tours of the Park will often be interested in the history of the area so it is very important that you have a sound understanding of this history. Additional references have been provided in the 'Want to know more?' section to assist you with your research. When conducting research it is important to bear in mind that some of the information you come across might show images which are inappropriate, or contain cultural information which is inaccurate or just plain wrong.
The legacy from these inappropriate histories can be seen in the Park today. An example of this is the signs which have been erected around Uluru, directing visitors not to photograph sacred sites. The reason for this is to see the cultural practices and obligations of Tjukurpa maintained.