Winfrey to promote Aboriginal art

Aboriginal Art Directory | 27.10.10

Author: Lindsay Murdoch
News source: Sydney Morning Herald

One of the secret destinations on Oprah Winfrey's Australian tour is a stunning collection of Aboriginal rock art that has been seen by only a few non-indigenous people.

Plans are under way to show Winfrey's worldwide audience an Aboriginal shelter in a remote part of the Northern Territory's west Arnhem Land, which is only accessible by helicopter.

Discovered only three years ago, the site provides a fascinating insight into one of the world's oldest living cultures.

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Since Winfrey announced last month she would celebrate her farewell season by bringing The Oprah Winfrey Show to Australia, she has spoken of her wish to learn about Aboriginal people and their culture.

"My team has been planning this trip for almost a year and we are so excited to go Down Under," Winfrey said at the time.

But other than the Sydney Opera House, which will be transformed into the Sydney "Oprah" house for the taping of a show on December 14, Winfrey's destinations are a secret.

A spokeswoman for Tourism Australia, which is supporting the tour to the tune of $1.5 million, said the itineraries were being arranged in Chicago by the show's producer, Harpo Productions.

It is not known if Winfrey plans to make the trip personally to the rock art shelter. She may send a team from the 150-member crew that will travel to Australia.


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