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WALKING in the footsteps of ancient ancestors and sharing stories of the land is helping to keep alive the oldest continuous culture on earth.

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Hundreds of local, national and international visitors each year are embarking on the Aboriginal Cultural Tours in South Australia.

Australian indigenous cultures are the oldest living continuous culture in the world, dating back more than 50,000 years. Before European settlement in 1788 there were more than 500 different clan groups or “nations” around the continent, many with distinctive languages and cultures.

Quenten Agius began Aboriginal Cultural Tours of the Narangga and Ngadjuri nations in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and Mid North regions in 2003.

The tours range from half a day to five days in duration and include the sharing of “Dreamtime” stories, visiting significant sites, seeing rock ancient carvings and learning about giant mammals that once roamed the area.

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Agius said the guides also talked about the many issues aboriginal people had faced since European settlement and the significance of tribal boundaries through land formations such as rivers and mountains.

 “The stories are based around the stories our mothers left behind, which their grandfathers gave to them,” he said.

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Ceremonies and aboriginal dances are performed on some of the tours.

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