In a remote part of Australia live some rare and threatened animals. One such animal is the shy bilby. Once common across Australian deserts, the bilby is now endangered. It’s last stronghold in the wild is in Martu country. Martu people are the traditional owners for this bilby country. Martu rangers working with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa look after country using Martu ways and whitefella ways.Read More
KJ has strong partnerships with a number of organisations. These long term partnerships are based on a shared vision, respect, mutual trust and a desire to assist Martu in looking after country and culture. The knowledge and skills contributed by each partner have served to foster outcomes that would be difficult to achieve for either partner alone.Read More
Alcohol abuse affects the whole population but there are few resources designed to address the unique cultural, social and linguistic challenges faced by Martu in the remote Western Desert of WA.
Most Martu and their communities have been directly affected through the excessive consumption of alcohol and the consequent harm. Providing an opportunity for people to talk about their experience of alcohol abuse and the inherent trauma is therapy in itself.Read More
The Martu Leadership Program (MLP) participants have just returned from a four day camp on country attended by key law agencies, departments and organisations. Over 100 people were present for this important meeting that was held deep on Martu country not far from the Parnngurr community, located in the Western Desert.Read More
The Martu are the Indigenous peoples of a large area of Australia's Western Desert. The traditional owners of those lands, the Martu practised small-scale "land burning" for tens of thousands of years. The burning encouraged a regrowth of diverse vegetation across the landscape that would then make large-scale bushfires less likely to occur.Read More
KJ has strong partnering relationships with a number of organisations. These long term partnerships are based on a shared vision, respect, mutual trust and a desire to assist Martu in looking after country and culture. The knowledge and skills contributed by each partner have served to foster outcomes that would be difficult to achieve for either partner alone.Read More
Martu women take us to Yulpu to learn the ways of their old people. Four generations of women gather together to teach about bush food and medicine plants of their desert country. Grandmothers keep alive the skills of food preparation. No one in the world has such expertise.Read More
This belongs to the ancestors, this dance. This is their law that belongs to all the Martu people
The songs that belonged to the place from the dreamtime. Our grandfathers taught us how to dance in the past. They taught us and sang the songs when we were children. We need to show the children and give it to them. These children must be taught how to dance. This is very important for them. Forever it's their law
In a remote part of Western Australia lives an endangered species of rock wallaby. Although known to the local Martu people, this population of endangered species was one of the last known populations in the Western Desert. Constantly hunted by feral predators, particularly wild cats and foxes, the rock wallabies were in danger of disappearing all together.
This documentary shows rangers at work establishing a new colony of rock wallabies to help secure their survival for the future.
A short movie capturing what the Martu Leadership program means to the participantsRead More