Nganampa Nguṟa; Nganampa Waltja; Nganampa Aṟa (Our Place; Our Family; Our Story): Rebuilding Connection to Country
As part of South Australia’s community reparations Ardugula is working closely with the Dunjiba Community Council at Oodnadatta, to upgrade museum displays, create a heritage trail and promote the value of local languages, especially Lower Southern Aranda for its importance in knowing place, cultural education and history.
Even in the project title and explanation above, we used Yankunytjatjara, because it is more commonly spoken at Oodnadatta today, than Lower Southern Aranda (Arrente) which gives local place-names their meaning.
The site of the Uniting Aborigines Mission at Oodnadatta is currently abandoned. Ardugula is suggesting this as the first site in a heritage trail. Many families are descended from people taken away South, not only through this former children's home. One way to reconnect people with Oodnadatta, the Macumba and the North West regions is through making commemorative trail markers and visiting these places. Ardugula will be providing materials and training videos for people interested in making commemorative markers and placing them at different places to form a heritage trail.
The project is open to anyone who feels they would like to make a marker to emphasise a connection to those who were taken away, for whatever reason.
In 2018 initial work will concentrate on places close to the Oodnadatta township, beginning at the Museum, taking in the UAM site, cemeteries, birthing sites, soakage water supplies, views to the original camp locations.
Colaboration with other agencies
This is an exciting project for Ardugula’s members and for the various other agencies interested in the project, which include the Outback Communities Authority, the Mobile Language Team of Adelaide University, and South Australian Department of State Development, the first agency to fund this important cultural development work.