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Harvesting traditional knowledge in Daly River region

The TFFF visited the very remote community of Peppimenarti, about 320 kilometres south-west of Darwin, in June 2019 to learn first-hand about the work of Durrmu Arts. 

Members of the community spoke about their ambition to work with the Asyrikarrak Rangers and Peppimenarti School to develop a sharing and learning initiative to connect school children and young people with traditional knowledge, such as harvesting practices. 

Support will help deliver on-country harvesting excursions and workshops to offer hands-on learning and sharing of intergenerational knowledge and skills about using natural materials for art, culture, medicine and food. 

This will benefit young people as they learn about employment pathways, including land management; art and cultural practice and preservation; and healthcare. 

A new part-time coordinator will lead the initiative and a skilled audio technician will engage with early school leavers to document, edit, publish and archive information. 

Peppimenarti student Latisha Tirak engages with cultural leaders Regina Wilson and Freda Wyartja. Photo courtesy of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation.