Sacred Spaces

The global struggle to resist the banalities of mass tourism.

The new sign marking the permanent ban on climbing Uluru © Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images.

Uluru, the giant sandstone inselberg, formerly and widely known as Ayers Rock after a 19th-century Chief Secretary of South Australia, dominates the ochre landscape of the southern Northern Territory. It is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Ananga people, to whom it represents the creativity of their ancestral beings amid springs and waterholes that sustain life in this arid land, where caves are decorated with their ancient rock art.

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