Kurdiji 1.0 Aboriginal suicide prevention app is in its last week of crowdfunding! So we’d like to share with you, again, these video by Warlpiri elder Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu, who is the force behind this initiative. Wanta and other elders from Lajamanu are creating an app to share the life-saving ideas of Kurdiji with the … More Wanta Jampijinpa on Kurdiji
Kenny Jupurrula Walker’s Snake Dreaming 1986 depicts ancestral Jukurrpa (dreaming) paths doubling as the body of a powerful snake man (warna). This snake spirit is emerging from a place near the Granites, which is the sacred country of Henry Jackamarra Cook (the elder first shown in our Kurdiji 1.0 campaign video). Travelling over the landscape, … More Kenny Jupurrula Walker’s Snake Dreaming
In Warlpiri country, and many other Indigenous nations, people supplement their diets with traditional bush food. Vegetables are notoriously expensive in desert communities and many families can’t afford to buy them on a regular basis. Diabetes is one of the biggest killers of Aboriginal people, so the inclusion of bush bananas, bush potato, bush eggplants … More Honey Ants!
Walking through country, Warlpiri people shout to signal their presence to the ancestral guardians of country. Among these guardians are the Mirlalypa, spirits who give purlapas (ceremonies) to people in dreams. It is believed that the Mirlalypa protect people as they pass through country – guiding them to food and water, and away from evil … More Country and its spirits
The Warlpiri sacred site Kurlpurlunu,recently rediscovered after being lost for 70 years, is used for rainmaking ceremonies (among other things). For the Warlpiri rain (ngapa) and fire (warlu) are closely related – in this world and also in the Jukurrpa (the Dreaming). Rainmaking knowledge is held by those with the skin names Jampijinpa/Nampijinpa and Jangala/Nangala. … More Fire becomes rain becomes fire
Barbara Glowczewski‘s article “From academic heritage to Aboriginal priorities” is subtitled: “Throughout My 34 Years Of Involvement With Aboriginal People Across Australia, I Have Regularly Chosen To Respond To Aboriginal Priorities Against A Certain Academic Heritage, Illustrated By The Refusal Of Some Colleagues – In France Or Australia – To Recognise The Importance Of Women’s … More Barbara Glowczewski