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Lofty Katakarinja tells the story of the Moon Man: the protector of Glen Helen.

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Moon Man Dreaming at Glen Helen

Traditional Land Ownership is determined culturally. Through these stories Carl talks about his connections as a Traditional…

Moon Man Dreaming at Glen Helen

The Rainbow Serpent and the Moon Man

Carl Inkamala talks about three cultural stories that have major significance to the Traditional Owners of the Glen Helen…

The Rainbow Serpent and the Moon Man

How the Rainbow Serpent created Redbank Gorge

Lofty Katakarinja is an Aboriginal artist. He paints the Rainbow Serpent Dreaming at Redbank Gorge and Glen Helen. In this…

How the Rainbow Serpent created Redbank Gorge
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Yipirinya Dreaming

How the ranges were formed...

Yipirinya Dreaming

Tjurra - Cicadas

Cicadas and caterpillars were eaten as bush food by traditional people.

Tjurra - Cicadas

Beware of Poisonous Plants

Be aware of bush foods that look similar to edible bush foods as these plants could be poisonous to eat

Beware of Poisonous Plants
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Yirampa - The Honey Ant Dreaming

The honey ant came from yabbie that transformed itself under the ground.

Yirampa - The Honey Ant Dreaming

Urrpara- The Magpie

Magpies love to have a morning gossip.

Urrpara- The Magpie

Tuakitja - The Grey-crowned Babbler

The Grey-crowned Babbler calls out when it's fig time.

Tuakitja - The Grey-crowned Babbler
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Traditional uses for Ochre

Ochre is useful for preserving traditional weapons and tools as well as for body painting.

Traditional uses for Ochre

Artuwa - Bush Turkey

The Bush Turkey is a tasty favourite....when you can get one.

Artuwa - Bush Turkey

Tnorala Dreaming

This dreaming story highlights how it is possible to have different ways of understanding the same phenomenon.

Tnorala Dreaming
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Country Music in the West Macdonnell Ranges

Award winning Warren H. Williams is one of Australia's finest country and western musicians.

Country Music in the West Macdonnell Ranges

Kaanka - Crow

The cheeky, scavenging habits of the crow are well known to Western Arrarnta people.

Kaanka - Crow

Papa Inura - Dingo

Dingoes are shy animals, but always ready to scavenge on anything.

Papa Inura - Dingo
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Para - The River Red Gum Tree

The river red gum is very significant to the Arrarnta people

Para - The River Red Gum Tree

Mpaltjarra - Wild Orange

Wild Orange is an important food in the West Macs and is common on plain country.

Mpaltjarra - Wild Orange

Karra-arra - Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroos are fat and great to eat!

Karra-arra - Red Kangaroo
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Ngurlpa - Bush Tobacco

The only parts of this plant not eaten at some stage are the stems and fine roots.

Ngurlpa - Bush Tobacco

Ura (Fire)

Fire is not an enemy but an important tool.

Ura (Fire)

Titjarritjarra - The Willy Wagtail

Harm a Willy Wagtail and you risk a nasty storm.

Titjarritjarra - The Willy Wagtail
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Rraatninga - Wild Passionfruit

The Rratninga is the tasty Wild Passionfruit.

Rraatninga - Wild Passionfruit

Tjaapa Tnyamaatja - Witchetty Grub

The Witchetty Grub is a favourite and versatile snack food for the Arrarnta people.

Tjaapa Tnyamaatja - Witchetty Grub

Katjirra - The Desert Raisin

The nutritious Katjirra (desert raisin) are sweet but take some preparation.

Katjirra - The Desert Raisin
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Bushtucker is healthy food

There is no junk food in the bush.

Bushtucker is healthy food

Bush Medicine

Bush medicines for every ailment are found in the West Macs.

Bush Medicine

The Rainbow Serpent; a Glen Helen Dreamtime Story

Jennifer Inkamala shares a Dreaming Story of the Rainbow Serpent at Glen Helen.

The Rainbow Serpent; a Glen Helen Dreamtime Story
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Water - Kwatja

There is more than one way to get water when you're hunting.

Water -  Kwatja

Moon Man

Lofty Katakarinja tells the story of the Moon Man: the protector of Glen Helen.

Moon Man

Pastoral Stories

A description of the tough droving life of years gone by.

Pastoral Stories
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Kaporilja Water

The story of how water was brought to the Lutheran mission at Hermannsburg.

Kaporilja Water

Old man Thepata and the Rainbow Serpent

A children's story of how the creek keeps clean.

Old man Thepata and the Rainbow Serpent

Enarlanga - Echidna

The Enarlanga or Echidna is a source of food and medicine.

Enarlanga - Echidna
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Urlpatja - Ringneck Parrot

The Urlpatja sings out when the seeds are ready on the Prickly Acacia.

Urlpatja - Ringneck Parrot

Nyingka (Zebra Finch)

The nyingka (zebra finch) is a good sign water is close by.

Nyingka (Zebra Finch)

Kakalhalha - Major Mitchell Cockatoo

The Major Mitchell Cockatoo lets people know when the native seeds are ripening.

Kakalhalha - Major Mitchell Cockatoo
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Ancient Water

The death adder snake embedded in the Glen Helen escarpment protects the ancient waters of the area.

Ancient Water
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