Male elders from four communities, with the help of Jamie Miller (sitting on the right) can teach young men how to make traditional tools or tjilirra (set of tools: boomerangs, shields, spears and carry vessels). The making of the tools and sharing dreaming stories provides a way of engaging males to open up and share their life stories. 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.
If you want to learn and talk about this project or be involved talk to Jamie Miller Tjuparrula. Look for him out west travelling between the 4 communities!
Traditional Tool Life Tools (Tjilirra Project)
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.