Oprah to endorse Aboriginal art

Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 14:26 PM IST

Sydney: Oprah Winfrey will use her celebrity status to promote a stunning collection of Aboriginal rock art, witnessed by only a few non-indigenous people, during her Australian tour.

Preparations are in the pipeline to show Winfrey`s worldwide audience an Aboriginal shelter in a remote part of the Northern Territory`s west Arnhem Land, which is only accessible by helicopter.

Discovered only three years ago, the site provides a fascinating insight into one of the world’s oldest living cultures.

Since Winfrey announced last month she would celebrate her farewell season by bringing ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ to Australia, she has spoken of her wish to learn about Aboriginal people and their culture, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

It is not known if Winfrey plans to make the trip personally to the rock art shelter or she’ll send a team from the 150-member crew that will travel to Australia.

Showing Aboriginal rock art is expected to boost Aboriginal tourism, which has become increasingly popular despite declining numbers of international tourists coming to the Northern Territory in Australia.