Almost a whole generation of younger men in the Western Desert have not been ‘given’ cultural knowledge due to substance use and criminal incarceration. They want to learn and the elders want to teach. The Men’s Tjilirra Movement supports this important answer to intergenerational trauma. PAMELA NATHAN with JAMIE MILLIER TJUPURRULA write about this unique cultural healing program.
The Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas program is set to continue in the Western Desert region of Central Australia following mutual agreement on funding arrangements between the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australian Government Department of Health and the Northern Territory Medicare Local.
Coming to this place has called up another for young artist and musician Claire Wieland. It's not that she isn't seeing and listening to this one – her Emu series and recording of local voices and songs are charming testimony that she is. But time spent in the western desert, volunteering in the women's centre at Kintore, and then here in town where she has rented a studio at Watch This Space and mounted an exhibition in its gallery, have got her thinking about family and home. The sense of those words for her stretches across the globe, to the native Switzerland of her father. She was born in Australia but the Swiss-German connection is strong, not so much through her direct experience as she has only been there a few times, and only once in young adulthood. It's more a matter of cultural osmosis, for instance, through the kind of objects that were around her as she grew up. Pictured: Above –her 'family' of hand-made objects. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.