Stories from the Desert

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IDA 2021 Online Catch-Up

The IDA went back online, after the success of 2020, to host a one day catch-up for ranger groups across the desert on 2 November 2021. A total of 23 Indigenous ranger groups from Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory attended the 2021 catch-up. Each of the IDAs four wards were represented by two […]

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“We got lucky!” Martu Rangers photograph the elusive night parrot

KJ Martu rangers reached the Holy Grail of birdwatching this week when they spotted a Night Parrot in the Great Sandy Desert. The rangers were conducting surveys looking for the roosting sites of the elusive species when they flushed the bird from the spinfex grass. The rangers join an exclusive group; less than 30 people […]

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Night Parrot field trip with the Paruku, Kumirrki, Ngururrpa and Ngurra Kayanta rangers

Late last year, rangers from the Paruku, Kumirrki, Ngurra Kayanta and Ngururrpa teams came together to collaborate on an exciting field trip which focused on Night Parrot surveys, fire training and planning as well as providing support to women rangers. The field trip enabled the groups and traditional owners (TOs) to see and access remote […]

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Meet Alfie Thirkall

My name is Alfie Thirkall and I’m from Fitzroy Crossing. I live in a community called Gooniyandi. Yeah, that’s where I come from. I’m a Walmajarri man. My mother is a Bunuba Gooniyandi. She’s from the other side. But I stick with my father’s side, you know, because he’s Walmajarri. This ranger mob told me […]

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The Black Fronted Dotterel

This Black-fronted Dotterel was photographed in the bed of the Finke River in Central Australia. These dotterels are a common sight along the edge of waterholes right across the country. They can be spotted in freshwater wetlands, around the edges of lakes and billabongs, and in shallow, temporary claypan pools, and occasionally around saline mudflats and estuaries. These small waders have a very distinctive black […]

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Meet Sumayah Surprise

My name is Sumayah Surprise. I’m from Bayulu community and my country is in the Great Sandy Desert and I also work for Ngurrara Rangers. Our job is to look after our country and look after our old people. Take them out on country to see country. And yeah, we do burning on country to […]

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Kimberley Land Council

The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) is the peak Indigenous body in the Kimberley region working with Aboriginal people to secure native title recognition, conduct conservation and land management activities and develop cultural business enterprises. KLC supports Traditional Owners in its area to engage with 10 Deserts Project in supporting cultural and ecological knowledge, tourism, fire and feral […]

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Meet Nyaparu Rose

“I’m Nyaparu Rose and I’m representing Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation. Our country is so special to us because we’ve got the desert and the sea, the ocean.  So that’s one special thing about it because if we get sick of eating bush tucker from the desert side we can go to the sea side and […]

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Karajarri cultural database

Karajarri people believe all forms of life and ecological processes, including the landscape, people, language and customs are connected to Pukarrikarrajangka (the Dreamtime). Set down from Pukarrikarrajangka, Karajarri country is the source of spirit, culture and language and is the country where Karajarri people’s spirits return. (Karajarri Healthy Country Plan 2012–2022). Realising that there were […]

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Two Boys Dreaming Story – Watti Watti Ularaka

In 2019, Don Rowlands who is a Wangkangurru Yarluyandi elder and ranger in charge of Munga-Thirri National Park, led a journey across northern South Australia back to Birdsville. The journey was a legacy to the old people that passed on knowledge to Don. One of those old people was his grandfather Watti Watti. In Don’s words […]

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Meet Andrew Minyardie

“My country, my grandfather’s country is through the Great Sandy Desert and into Martu country. It’s so special, in the history time, people used to walk from there. My grandparents all walked out of the desert into the coast, where we – where I live now. The Great Sandy Desert, pretty big. It’s a pretty large area, […]

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Ngurrara Biodiversity Survey

On Sunday, 20 September an eight vehicle convoy pulled out of Halls Creek and started the long drive south into the rolling dunes of the Great Sandy Desert and onto Ngurrara Country. We were headed for Kuduarra (Well 46) on the Canning Stock Route, where we would set-up a base for a week-long biodiversity survey. […]

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