These return to country trips, which have the character of family pilgrimages to sacred places, provide a platform on which much environmental engagement is built. Kalyuku Ninti means “knowledge of waterholes”, reflecting at both literal and metaphorical levels the core knowledge that elders must pass to younger Martu, to ensure cultural reproduction.
Much cultural knowledge about a site, and the associated songline and ceremonies, can only be imparted in situ, at the waterhole. Martu have repeatedly identified this (in prioritisation exercises) as the single most important program run by KJ.
KJ has run over 13 Kalyuku Ninti trips since 2005 which has enabled over 500 Martu return to their homelands.