Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

FN57-RR-paintingWaltja held an exciting Cultural Week at the Ross River camp grounds. Women came from Kintore, Mt Liebig, Papunya, Yuendumu, Nyirrpi, Yuelamu, Laramba, Willowra, Wilora, Ti Tree, Engawala, Bonya, Titjikala, Santa Teresa, and Areyonga. Young women attended with their grandmothers and aunties. All of the Waltja workers were there to support them by doing the cooking, getting wood, providing personal assistance, setting up the camp areas and helping make things happen.

During the day there were lots of workshops to attend in small groups and opportunities to talk about strengthening culture, families and community. The afternoons were for bush outings, painting and sharing stories, resting and talking with members from other places. The evenings were full of laughter and dancing and singing.

The small group activities focused on cultural communication styles and ways of recording ideas whether it was in the sand, on canvas, body painting or using new technologies. There were a lot of language groups present but all the women came together, generously sharing their knowledge.

Everyone left feeling cared for, listened to and stronger about ideas to keep language and culture strong.