Elders provide guidance

Elder Kumpaya Girgirba sharing her stories with Punmu ranger Winston Williams.

Elder Kumpaya Girgirba sharing her stories with Punmu ranger Winston Williams.

The Kunawarritji ranger team is fortunate to have the guidance from elders in community.  Elders have been assisting the rangers in a number of activities, one of which has been recording the location of 58 waterholes.  The locations and stories of the waterholes are added to the Wanyja database. Most of these waterholes have had minimal Martu and/or whitefella activity since pujiman (bushman) were walking and looking after country. 

Elder Kumpaya Girgirba was a young woman when she had her first contact with whitefellas on her country. She has contributed extensively by providing guidance while out on country as well as recording her knowledge about the land she walked in audio and written formats. 

Intergenerational knowledge transfer is important as elders pass this knowledge onto the rangers. Equally important is elders teaching school students. The inaugural junior ranger day trip was an overwhelming success. Rangers and students had a rewarding experience being showed a number of waterholes. This has set the ground work for next year by building the excitement about the potential activities rangers and elders can do with the school students. 

Elders out on country with rangers and school students. 

Elders out on country with rangers and school students.