The history of Australia is similar to the Americas with European settlers displacing the native peoples by means of force. As time went by, the European invaders have grown more respectful both in Australia and the Americas. This exhibition explores the Aboriginal peoples art and it’s connection with the true nature and experience of the landscape of Australia. The “more appropriate” terms describing the native people of Australia stress the humanity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “Aboriginal” which in Latin means “from the beginning” and other such European words are used because there is no Aboriginal word that refers to all Aboriginal people in Australia. When we entered this room we immediately felt the spiritually and beauty of the art. The baskets glowed in their own quiet way, the fishing baskets enhanced the room and the paintings completed the picture in a truly Aboriginal people’s way.
The Blue Mountains are a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia. They border on Sydney’s metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometres (31 miles) west of the state capital. The public’s understanding of the extent of the Blue Mountains is varied, as it forms only part of an extensive mountainous area associated with the Great Dividing Range. These are not mountains in the traditional sense so much as a giant plateau one to two thousand feet above sea level, dissected by deep canyons and gorges. It’s an area of breathtaking views and hidden natural wonders. A series of towns (including Leura and Katoomba) bisects the chain of National Parks extending for 240 kilometres from north to south and forming the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area encompassing 1.03 million hectares. These National Parks include the Blue Mountains, Wollemi, Gardens of Stone and Kanangra-Boyd. A theme park, “Scenic World” lies in the center of the parks at Katoomba with two gondolas and a steep railway to get the best vistas of the scenery.