Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

There was excitement in the air. When early morning groups of students and Waltja staff got ready to leave town to various destinations. Blue skies and many new experiences for the students from Sydney University were guaranteed. Enid Gallagher and Marleen Ross took the students to their country near Yuendumu. They set up camp near Mission Creek about 20 kms from Yuendumu. They went for a short sunset walk and then it was time to prepare dinner on coals resulting with an amazing damper. The students enjoyed these special moments, the clear and beautiful night sky and their first night in swags! The Warlpiri women told stories about the culture and country around them. The next morning they all travelled to a significant cultural site, “Water Rain Dreaming” a very spectacular site. The women showed the students around, telling the stories related to this site and collected some bush lemon grass. Back at the camp everyone helped pack up and continued the trip to Warlukurlangu Art Centre in Yuendumu, a very large and busy art centre. Enid provided more information and proudly showed one of her paintings. On the way back to Alice Springs the students and the Waltja staff were busy processing the experiences of this trip and the car was filled with lively conversation and laughter! Sydney University Remote And Rural Enterprise Program