The Arrernte (also Aranda and Arrarnta) (pronounced UH-rrahn-da) are those Indigenous Australians who are the original custodians of Arrernte lands in the central area of Australia around Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Their ancestors spoke one or more of a group of related languages or dialects
Groups and country
The Arrernte comprise people who identify with different parts of their "country":
- Eastern Arrernte people live east of Alice Springs, their area includes Wallace Rockhole.
- Central Arrernte people live in the area centred on Alice Springs.
- Western Arrernte people traditionally live in the lands west of Alice Springs, out to Mutitjulu and King's Canyon.
The Arrernte Council
is the representative and administrative body for the Arrernte lands. It is part of the Central Land Council
Languages in the Arrernte group
The Arrernte languages are:
Tourism is important to the economy of Alice Springs and surrounding communities, The Arrernte way of life is presented through tour guides
speaking of the life, their artwork, their culture and language in a variety of different ways. Tours are run regularly to Hermannsburg
) and Wallace Rockhole
Arrernte mythology and spirituality focuses on the landscape and the Dreamtime
, important creator spirits are, Altjira
is the creator being of the Inapertwa
that became all living creatures.
Tjurunga are objects of religious significance.
Two warships of the Royal Australian Navy have been named HMAS Arunta after the Arrernte people.