This project is funded by CASSE (Creating Safe Supportive Environment) delivered at 4 Aboriginal communities, Haasts Bluff, Mt Liebig, Kintore and Papunya in far west of the Northern Territory.
The project helps Aboriginal people in the here and now to understand the emotional experiences of mental health, trauma and violence. It’s about changing minds and saving lives.
Pinarra Aku is a new children’s language radio show, teaching Warumungu language.
Rosemary and Kathy have been making songs together and teaching language since 2011. They decided to make Pinarra Aku to educate young children and help keep their indigenous language alive and strong.
Traditional Owner, storyteller and teacher, Rosemary Plummer and her friend Kathy Burns make the program at 8CCC Community Radio in Tennant Creek. Kathy is the Artistic Director at Barkly Regional Arts in Tennant Creek.
Pinarra Aku includes songs written and performed by young people in The Barkly; dreamtime stories, stories written by local people, language lessons and games. The aim is to make learning language fun and simple.
The show also features a mascot, called Pinangkarl who is a White Cockatoo. Pinangkarl helps children to say the language words. The word ‘Pinangkarl’ means: clever, bright.
Kathy and Rosemary make an ‘Education Guide’ for each episode, which can be downloaded from http://8ccc.com.au/pinarra-aku/ to use in the classroom or at home to follow along with the show or look at afterwards to read the language words, the stories and words to the songs. Tune in each Wednesday at 9am on 8CCC 102.1FM in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek or live stream it from www.8ccc.com.au/live
Remembering our story
It’s 2015 and Waltja is soon to be 18 years old, and this is the 59th edition of Family News. It is a good time to look back and remember our story as well as look forward to our journey together through this coming year. Here are three different stories of women who have been involved with Waltja right from the beginning.
Written by Irene Nangala
Yilta ngaatja panya nyaatjarra wankanyi project-tjarra. Government-tangku kunyu mantjini malaku mani. Nganana yunpa nganampa warrkana tjuta palyakutu warrkarrintjaku. Yuwa nganana nyaanganyi pira nyuwana pakaningka. Nganana wangkanyi. Nganana pira nyaanganyi pira kalinguwanpi yuturrinyingka mungangka. M-antja palulakutju tjarrpamalpa mani wiyangka mantja kutjupangka mantja Kutjarrangka tjunguru mantja mankurrpangka. Nganampatju next Director’s miitingi ngaraku tangka Yiyala nyuntupa yara wiyangka requests kulinytja nyuntupa. Yaltilangatju nyuntupa ngurrakutu. Nganana yuntjurrinyi nyurrangarrinya kulintjaku. Wangka nganananya nganana yuntjurringanyi nyuntupa yara kunlintjaku.
Irene’s story is saying: It’s been a bit hard with some projects. Government is cutting back money. We are lucky our workers stay on, working hard. We have director’s meeting so send in any questions or requests, ideas. Invite us to visit you so we can listen to you. Talk with us and we will listen to you.
Titjikala ladies Margaret Campbell and Hazel Ungwanaka decided to go on a hunting trip, they wanted to gather bush medicine plants and wood for carving. They invited Janie Wells to come along.
It’s hard to believe we have made it this far to nearly 60 editions and 18 years of Waltja this October! Some people tell us they have past copies of Family News with photos of themselves when they were young children, that they now show their own families. Family News has been an important record and history of events for Waltja and for many of our communities. You can view the last two copies on our web site at www.waltja.org.au.
We now have a fully indigenous workforce for the art and media area. They have been committed to their training, mentoring and accredited courses and have all accepted full time employment with Waltja.