Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Akelyurre is a place that supports Arrernte Elders in passing on their knowledge about healing work such as Ngankeres and collecting and preparing bush medicines. The main focus for Alkelyurre is to learn from the elders and to have knowledge passed on to the younger generation so that the younger generation can carry on practicing and strengthening their culture and in time pass it on to their children.

Alkelyurre also aims to use their Cultural knowledge to create economic opportunities for elders and future generations. Akelyulerre supports families by strengthening relationships through interaction between young and older generations. The centre also provides a safe environment free from violence and stress, looking out for family’s health and well being and supporting each other in the Community.Alkeyulerre is a base for other Programs such as:

(Traditional Healing)- Supports old and young Traditional healers in Ngangkere practices, bringing together
traditional healers and teaching and supporting Arrernte healing practices and knowledge ‘Ngankere aunthe apurte-irrem’ (lots of Ngankere coming together). Documenting, Recording, teaching and supporting these
practices are vital to this project.

(Bush schools)- This program is about teaching young arrernte kids about their Culture ‘old way knowledge’. Teaching them about relationships, songs, story and dance. Enabling for future generations to keep their culture going strong.

Apurtelhe- Ileme
(Bringing together)- Teaching young Arrernte people about Horticulture through maintaining their own nursery of sustainable bush medicine plants.

(Men’s Program)- Supporting Arrernte men with food and fuel for Country educational trips.

Alkeyulerre is funded by:

•    Northern Territory Government
•    Igniting Change
•    Rhonda Renwick & Kindred Spirits Foundation
•    Anne and Victor Vadiveloo
•    Australian Government – Healing Foundation
•    Australian Government – Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport – Indigenous Culture Support
•    Australian Government – Inspiring Australia Program – Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre – Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
•    Anglicare – Communities for Children

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Interrentye Bush Products
Interrentye Bush Products is a Social Enterprise In Central Australia created by young local Arrernte women with the help of their elders as a way to preserve, practice and share their culture. This Social enterprise is also a way for these young women to be employed and take part in training and learning new skills for running a small business.

The Social enterprise is apart of the Akeyulerre Healing Centre and is one of five Programs at the Healing Centre that is helping Arrernte People keep their Culture alive and encouraging the younger Generation to
continue on with their practices and being Proud of who they are and where they come from.

The ladies use native plants and natural ingredients which they collect themselves. Non-animal fats such as Olive and Soybean oils, Beeswax, Macadamia, Sunflower are also used.
A Traditional grinding method is used for making their products which is taught to them by their elders. Their Products contain high quality ingredients and is ensured to be the best quality products for your skin.

Plant materials used:

Arrethe (ara-tha) – Used as a chest rub for colds and flus

Utnerrenge (ut-nar-rung) – Used on the body to nurture dry and irritated skin

Aherre-Intenhe (ara-in-ten) – Used to soothe skin sores and muscle pain

Natural Lip Balm – Nurtures and soothes lips

Apere (eucalyptus) Soap – Nourishes, cleanses and soothes skin

For more information on this Social enterprise go to their website at: