The Arrernte (pronounced Arunda) people are the traditional owners of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).
In the beginning, Altyerrenge - ancestral figures - created the landscape and its features, as well as Arrernte Law.
According to the traditional owners, the landscape was shaped by caterpillars, wild dogs, travelling boys, two sisters, euros and other ancestral figures, and as such contains many sites of importance to its traditional owners. Some of the first Dreaming stories ever recorded were those of the Arrernte people of Central Australia.
Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation
The Alice Springs native title holders lodged an application for recognition of their rights with the National Native Title Tribunal in 1994. In May 2002 the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation was registered as the prescribed body to represent the native title holders in Alice Springs and act on their behalf.
The Alice Springs Town Council is also proud to be a supporting partner for the Lhere Artepe Cultural Protocols project.
Alice Springs Town Council’s role
Council’s vision is for a vibrant and growing community that embraces its cultural heritage, its unique identity and desert living environment.
It is always Council’s aim to support initiatives, festivals and events that promote interaction between all cultures and help maintain a cohesive community.