Women’s camp at Yulpu

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Last week KJ held its second wantikaja (women’s) camp at Yulpu claypan. Martu elders had invited women from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council, the Njamal People’s Trust, the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation and the Murujuga Land and Sea Unit. Over eighty women from Martu communities and townships, Warakurna, Hedland, Roebourne and Dampier arrived on Monday, some flying from Alice Springs, others driving for two days from Dampier.

During the trip, the women had important discussions about what women used to do in the past and what they would like to do in the future. The women also visited important sites in the vicinity of Yulpu, where the elders told stories about these places and life during pujiman (bushman) days. There was a lot of learning by the younger women from the elders and the camp went exceptionally well.  

Thank you to Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service for all your pre-trip help and for providing a nurse to go with us on the trip, East Pilbara Independence Support in Newman for providing specialised equipment, MAC for providing vehicles and four MAC wanti (women) rangers, and the Njamal, Yindjibarndi and NYC for their involvement and support.