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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Mandy Muir
Name: Muir, Mandy
Place of Birth: Darwin
Date of Birth: 1969-01-01
Cultural heritage: Indigenous Australian
Occupation: Tourism Operator
Business Woman
Biographical notes: Mandy Muir owns and runs the Murdudjurl Cultural Tours from her family’s property at Patonga homestead approximately 65 kilometres south of Jabiru. She is a descent of the Murumburr clan and is also connected to the Wardaman of Katherine region. Her mother Jessie Alderson is the Traditional owner and community Leader of Kakadu. Mandy grew up in Kakadu living a traditional lifestyle. When UNESCO conferred Kakadu to World Heritage status, Mandy noticed that many more Europeans were coming to Kakadu. By 1994 visitor number increased to 240 000 a year. Mandy had plenty of work in the Tourism industry becoming a trainee with one of the hotels, driving boats and doing cultural talks, she is fluent in Gundejeihimi, Gunwinggu and English. Many visitors were very interested in the indigenous culture, combined with “Share our Story marketing campaign Mandy decided to start her own tourism operator’s business because people wanted a genuine Aboriginal culture experience. After completing a course with the Aboriginal Tourism Australia she setup a safari camp incorporating a cultural tours and activities. Mandy is a member of a number of boards including Interpretation Aboriginal Australia, Djang Designs, Kakadu Tourism, Gagudju Committee of Management Djidurdabba Association and Marrgam Interpreting. She is an inspiration leading the way in tourism for future generations to maintain and develop traditional knowledge.
Related link: Warradjan Cultural Centre
"Indigenousbizness" Territory Quarterly, Third Quarter 06, p.12.
Related Materials: Williams, Sue. Women of the Outback : inspiring true stories of tragedy and triumph. Melbourne : Penguin Books, 2008. B994.082 WILL
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