Traditional Aboriginal Dances

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience Shake A Leg Dance

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience includes a dance performance consisting of dances from various tribal areas around Tropical North Queensland.

Get ready to discover ancient Aboriginal culture. Here are some of the traditional Aboriginal dances that you will see at Rainforestation and the meaning behind them.

The Silent Snake: Pamagirri

Pamagirri means silent snake! This dance portrays the snake sneaking out into the audience without being noticed.

The Warning Dance: Gurrunga

Traditional Aboriginal Dance Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda

This warning dance was traditionally performed when one tribe enters another tribal area. The dance acts as a warning to the invading tribe to stay away to avoid war.

The Cassowary Dance: Bundara

Bundara shows the dancers imitation and hunting skills, as they mimic Australia’s largest flightless bird and local rainforest icon, the Cassowary.


The Mosquito Dance: Ngukum

Aboriginal Dances Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience Rainforestation

This dance shows how traditional owners hunt in the mangroves and how they use leaves to hit their bodies to keep mosquitoes away.


Sugar Bag: Muguy

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience Traditional Aboriginal Dance

This dance shows two hunters searching for the Makor Tree. Once they have found it, they chop it down and remove the sweet tasting centre before celebrating.

The Kangaroo Dance: Marloo

This dance shows a territorial challenge between a younger kangaroo and an older kangaroo.

Shake-a-leg: Warran Jara

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience Shake A Leg Dance

The dancers demonstrate different styles of the shake-a-leg (Warran Jarra)

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