Students out on country with the Parnngurr rangers and elders.

Students out on country with the Parnngurr rangers and elders.

Students on country with the rangers

A highlight for Parnngurr Rangers this year was during our family / school camp. Thirty-eight Martu spent two nights out on country with the rangers.  The rangers took seven of the older high school students out for the day to demonstrate ranger work. While conducting a random fauna plot the discovery of a mulyamiji (Great Desert Skink) site was confirmed. We have since returned to discover up to another four sites in the same area. It has been many years since such a discovery in the Parnngurr area and there was a lot of excitement among the ranger team.

The younger children stayed at the camp site with the elders and the remaining rangers. On the edge of Warntili claypan they undertook the mammoth task of building a wuungku (bough shelter). 
Construction was going nicely and the children were delighted with the shelter coming close to completion until there was a visit from two jila (snake) a visiting the area the shelter was being built giving everyone a fright.

On the morning of the last day the children were encouraged to pair up with a ranger and take a walk to collect as many different bush foods or medicine plants they could find and learn their names and uses. Upon their return to camp they were encouraged to take what they found to waiting elders, Nola and Thelma, and share with them what they found. The elders were able to confirm or value add to the rangers and children’s knowledge of the bush plants and foods brought back to the camp.