palawa* Enterprises Pty Ltd (pET) has been established by the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) to oversee the operation of the wukalina Walk (The Walk) tourism venture.
The Walk, owned and operated by the Aboriginal community delivers a cultural experience that deepens understanding of palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and community, while showcasing the natural beauty of the wukalina and larapuna (Bay of Fires) areas.
Contemporary palawa culture is most strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, which incorporates the Furneaux group of islands.
palawa people are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years – their culture and heritage is distinctively different from mainland Aboriginal cultures, both in traditional times and since European occupation.
The magnificent natural landscape of North East Tasmania is the perfect place to reveal the palawa story, as contemporary palawa culture is most strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, as well as the Furneaux Islands. The palawa people did not document their history or keep it in museums – this landscape is their museum.
*A note on language: palawa kani means ‘Tasmanian Aborigines speak’; it is the only Aboriginal language in lutruwita (Tasmania) today. palawa kani was not a written language and therefore does not conform to English grammar, capitalisation is deliberately not used unless referring to a person’s name.