Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Sept 2014

The Atyenhenge-Atherre Aboriginal Corporation (AAAC) of Santa Teresa held and organized the Santa Teresa horse trek for two weeks in June 2014.

The horse trek helps young people to feel strong and happy. At the Horse Trek young people learn all about horses and how to ride them properly from the Santa Teresa Stockmen. There were lots of young people from all over Australia! There was lots of fun at the campsites, cooking damper, telling stories by the fire, traditional dancing, painting and of course horse riding!

Erin Turner and Anne-Marie McMillan from Waltja’s Family Mental Health Support Service went to the Santa Teresa Horse Trek and did a Bush Medicine Workshop with the young people. They gathered 4 different types of bush medicine for rashes, colds, and sores. Anne-Marie told the young people all about the bush medicines and showed them how to make it.

They then took all the young people out looking for bush tucker and bush medicine. Anne-Marie’s husband Gibson John led the way and showed everyone how to find bush tomatoes and bananas as well as how to find the bush medicines.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Santa Teresa Horse Trek including AAAC, Santa Teresa Stockmen, Santa Teresa Women’s Centre, Santa Teresa Ranges and Bush Mob.