This article is part of our June theme, which focuses on Indigenous People and their human rights. Read our Editorial for more on this theme.
The Ngaanyatjarra lands stretch west some 1,000 kilometers from Alice Springs. They’re some of the remotest lands in the country and are home to 2,000 Aboriginal people spread across ten tiny communities. Unlike so many Aboriginal people, the Ngaanyatjarra have always owned their own land, both psychologically and then legally in 2005 with the largest native title decision in Australian history. Their relationship to this land dates back some 35,000 years.
Researcher Tim Acker and anthropologist John Carty recently explored the region and have uncovered the unique and wonderful artistic practices symbolic of the Ngaanyatajarra’s strongest value – connectedness to country. Their findings have been published in Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands, containing the images, history and stories of the Western Desert Mob.
These are just some of the many images featured in the book.
Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands published by UWA Publishing. More information available here.