ADNYAMATHANHA TRADITIONAL LANDS ASSOCIATION (ATLA) MEN’S CAMP

From the 8th – 10th May this year, the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) held an Adnyamathanha Men’s Camp at Ikara Wilpena.

The camp was designed to bring Adnyamathanha men and boys of all ages together, to share cultural practices and language, and to give people a chance to talk to Senior Adnyamathanha Men about Adnyamathanha culture.

The weekend consisted of a number of activities, including artefact making, important sites visits, yarning around the campfire, cultural knowledge transfer, a kinship workshop, and bush tucker hunting and cooking.

The camp also gave Adnyamathanha men the opportunity to talk about the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) that is in place with National Parks, and some of the proposals and ideas that are currently being discussed around how the ILUA can best be implemented for Adnyamathanha people as a whole.

The success of the weekend has prompted Senior Adnyamathanha men Terrence and Vincent Coulthard to plan for a language and culture camp to be held sometime later in the year.

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Will Fisher