LEARNING PITJANTJATJARA

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Students in inner West Sydney learn a little Pitjantjatjara, that birds literally fall out of the sky during the hottest months in Tjuntjuntjara; and how to hunt Marku....

It's not often that children from an inner west primary school get the opportunity of meeting children from three of Australia's remotest communities to learn a little about their culture and languages.  

Last week, following Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations, students from St Mark's Primary School in Drummoyne , Sydney, hosted 12 children, their teachers and elders from Tjuntjuntjara, Mt Margaret and Menzies in Western Australia.

"The idea was essentially to give each group – children from the city and those from the bush – the opportunity to learn a little about each other's cultures and way of life", said Charlie Klein, Principal of Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School.

As well as learning some Pitjantjatjara language and a song, St Marks' students were taught about everyday life in the remote communities from hunting Marku to the writing camps conducted in spinifex country.

"Spinifex country people keep their language and culture strong", Mr Klein told the students during the morning.

Mr Klein also told the students it gets so hot in Tjuntjuntjara that sometimes birds literally fall out of the sky. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Posted 10 September, 2016