KURDIJI 1.0 Aboriginal Resilience Building App is here!

Download Kurdiji 1.0 HERE


Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawa-Kurlpurlunu (Steve Patrick) is very pleased to launch the Warlpiri Aboriginal resilience building app, Kurdiji 1.0 today. You will see many references throughout the app to Milpirri Festival, a collaboration between Tracks Dance and Wantarri, and the precursor to this initiative.

This app is TOTALLY FREE for anyone who needs it. We have created it without government support as a crowdfunded not-for-profit venture. We want you, your family, your community, your tribe, your people, your friends, to use this app as a tool to strengthen your connection to culture, community and country. Please tell everyone you know that this app is here for them.

The Kurdiji 1.0 Aboriginal resilience building app is a gift to all First Nations people and their allies, from the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu in the Northern Tanami. It contains cultural material they have safeguarded for literally thousands of years. This information is needed more than ever today – with rising suicide rates and state sanctioned injustices, such as the Intervention laws, deaths in custody, the removal of children and the incarceration of Aboriginal men in record numbers. Now is the time for all of us to hold fast to the things that make us strong.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land. 



Kurdiji 1.0 app is a Warlpiri initiative created by Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu- kurlpurlurnu, in collaboration with Judith Nangala Crispin and Drew Baker, under the supervision of Lajamanu’s Kurdiji Group. Its material has been contributed by Lajamanu and Yuendumu communities. Kurdiji 1.0 is a community-led, crowdfunded project aiming to save young Indigenous lives by building resilience, dignity and strength through connection to culture.

All Warlpiri cultural content in this app, belongs to the Warlpiri nations. The material app, including code, layout and design, belong to Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu, Judith Nangala Crispin and Drew Japanangka Baker. Copyright of artwork, including photographs, drawings, video and audio recordings, is held by their creators. Kurdiji 1.0 has very limited use of stock vectors, most images have been created by Warlpiri people or our design team. Kurdiji 1.0 is a non-profit venture and is offered for free. At this stage it is only available for Android devices.

Major Sponsors and Supporters

There were 1,574 individuals and groups who contributed to our GoFundMe campaign, including many Australian Aboriginal people and First Nation North American people. Some of you gave $5, some gave more. Together you made this happen. If this app helps a single person to be braver, stronger, prouder, to not give up – then you have given them that. We want to honour each and every person who generously donated to the Kurdiji Project so, omitting the names of those who requested anonymity, we have listed all of you in the acknowledgements section of the app.

Jack Charles, Nick Cave, James N Kirby Foundation, Australian Communities, Foundation, Sacred Fire Foundation, Catherine Mack, Warnayaka Art, Black Dog Institute, PAW media, the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Holy Resurrection in Chatswood, First Nation North American Peoples, National Council of Churches, Kurdiji Group




Cultural Director: Senior Warlpiri Lawman Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu

Art Director, Graphic Design & Communication: Dr Judith Nangala Crispin

Technical Director: Coding & Games Design Drew Baker

Clinical Oversight and Assessment: Dr Fiona Shand, Dr Leilani Darwin

Crowdfunding: Saadi Allan, Judith Nangala Crispin, Drew Japanangka Baker

Lajamanu Elders and Kurdiji Group: Jerry Jangala Patrick, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Agnes Napanangka Donnelly, Kitty Napanangka Simon, Henry Jackamarra Cook, Judy Napangardi Martin, Sonja Napaljarri Cook

Advisory Board: Juno Gemes, Paul House, Matilda House, Jenny Munro, Louisa Napurrurla Erglis, Christine Nichol, Jack Charles, Jeff Brewer, Michael Silver, Leilani Darwin, Maxwell Japanangka Tasman, Valerie Patterson, Jerry Jangala, Henry Jackamarra Cook.

Institutional Partners & Contributers: Black Dog Institute, The Australian Catholic University, PAW Media, Tracks Dance Company, Warnayaka Arts, Lajamanu Kurdiji Group Institutional Affiliates & Supporters Magnet Gallery, Manning Clark House, Central Land Council, AIATSIS, Wollotuka Institute.


Kirda for Jukurrpa stories: Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu, Jerry Jangala Patrick, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Kitty Napanangka Simon, Molly Napurrurla Tasman, Otto Jungarrayi Sims, Henry Jackamarra Cook, Richard Japaljarri Payton, Dick Japaljarri Raymond

Games creation: Drew Baker

Video appearances: Otto Jungarrayi Sims, Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu, Agnes Napanangka Donnelly, Neil Jupururrla Cook, Valerie Napanangka Patterson, Jack Charles, Lajamanu School

Videography: Stewart Japangardi Carter, Maxwell Japanangka Tasman

Texts: Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu

Copyediting & Translations: Judith Nangala Crispin, Valerie Napanangka Patterson

Audio recordings: Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu, Judith Nangala Crispin

Video permissions: PAW Media, Vamp TV, Tracks Dance, Lajamanu corporation

Visual artists: Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu, Jerry Jangala Patrick, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Kitty Napanangka Simon, Kumanjayi Napurrurla Tasman, Molly Napurrurla Tasman, Reanne Nampijinpa Brown, Otto Jungarrayi Sims, Kumanjayi Nungarrayi Hargraves, Henry Jackamarra Cook, Kumanjayi Nungarrayi Granites, Lyudmyla Kharlamova (stock vectors), Judith Nangala Crispin, Drew Japanangka Baker (games design), Petra Crispin (games graphics)

Social Media Team: Saadi Allan, Binky Harvey-Jones, Mirabai Nicholson-Mckellar, Dianne Masri, Michele Seminara, Sian Darling

Field support: Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu, Jerry Jangala Patrick, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Kitty Napanangka Simon, Agnes Napanangka Donnelly, Neil Jupururrla Cook, Valerie Napanangka Patterson, Otto Jungarrayi Sims, Henry Jackamarra Cook, Biddy ‘Short Skirt’ Nungarrayi Long, Kumanjayi Nungarrayi Hargraves, Louisa Napurrurla Erglis, Kumanjayi Napururrla Tasman, Michael Erglis, Joan Cornish, Tabra Cook, Abraham Jupurrurla Cook, Stewart Japangardi Carter, Enid Nangala Gallagher, Victoria Royds, Teddy Japanangka Dixon, Ralphie Dixon, Kumanjayi Bieundurry, Warnayaka Arts, PAW Media, Monaro Off-Road Centre, Drew Japanangka Baker, Judith Nangala Crispin, the DuYu coffee girls in Alice, Warlukurlangu Arts, Helen Waterworth, Harry Waterworth.

Cultural Liason: Wantarri Jampijinpa Pawu-kurlpurlurnu (men’s law) Judith Nangala Crispin & Myra Nungarrayi Herbert (women’s law) Kurdiji Group, Lajamanu community (oversight)

Privacy policy

Kurdiji 1.0 does not collect information about its users without their permission. No information is shared or sold under any circumstances. Any data collected with permission will be accessed only by Dr Fiona Shand and Dr Leilani Darwin for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the app and improving future versions.

Thank you

The Kurdiji 1.0 team wish to sincerely thank our major supporters without whom this app could not have been created. We extend our gratitude to all Warlpiri people across Lajamanu, Willowra, Nyirripi, Lajamanu, and Warlpiri people living in other communities and centres, for your incredible generosity in allowing this material to be shared. We acknowledge and honour those past elders who carried these Jukurrpa stories, ceremonies and philosophies for thousands of years, and who kept them safe during the Australian Genocides and Frontier Wars, so we could share them with you. We are especially grateful to the thousands of people who donated to our crowdfunding campaign.

Terms and conditions 

Warlpiri law was strictly followed while making this app and permission to include Jukurrpa stories was obtained in person from the Kurdiji group in Lajamanu and from Kirda in Lajamanu and Yuendumu. Individuals who were Kumanjayi at the time of the app’s release are not named and their images do not appear. No attempt to transliterate or reshape any of the written material has been made. Kurdiji 1.0 cannot be held responsible for any information that may be displayed incorrectly in this app. Kurdiji 1.0 builds on culture-based suicide prevention work already undertaken in Lajamanu community through Milpirri Festival, a collaboration with Tracks Dance Company. Kurdiji 1.0 responds to The Elders Report (2015) produced by Culture is Life Organisation, which identifies community-led cultural initiatives as a clear pathway to reduced suicide and self-harm in Indigenous people. You can read that report here: http://www.cultureislife.org/wp-content/u -loads/2015/10/Elders-Report.pdf.

Kurdiji 1.0 is a resilience app based on the Warlpiri cultural practice of building strength and pride in young people before the concept of suicide or self-harm arises. It should not be considered a substitute for crisis support. If you or someone you know is in personal crisis please contact one of the following emergency response services.

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Headspace 1800 650 890

Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978


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