“Welcome to Country”

Attending the ICOMOS General Assembly meeting in Sydney this September, I experienced a very respectful recognition of Indigenous Tribes in Australia. Every tour guide, conference speaker, and even the pilot of a Qantas flight, began their “Welcome to Country” by “recognizing the traditional owners of this land” then citing the name of the specific tribe, and concluding with an acknowledgment of the elders–past, present, and emerging. This statement universally and thoughtfully delivered was impactful in its respectfulness and inclusiveness. How can we be more respectful and acknowledge our Native Americans, their traditions, and their culture, in our educational programs and tourism experiences?