Ngayulu manta pampura kulinu tjukurpa ngayuku tjiti munu tjamu kami //
When I touched the ground
Ara Irititja // Radio Atlas // Third Coast Festival Competition 2019
Nyurpaya Kaika Burton was born deep in the desert of Central Australia. Her mother travelled hundreds of miles barefoot before giving birth alone at a massive desert mesa called Atila - a place which became her spiritual country.
This International Year of Indigenous Languages, at the age of 70, Nyurpaya decided to share the deeply personal story of her birth in her traditional language Pitjantjatjara, describing the traditional birthing methods that have helped define her cultural life.
The soundscape is binaural, specifically recorded on the country of Nyurpaya’s birth, in one of the most remote parts of Australia. This piece is best experienced through headphones.
Selected as a listening reel at Third Coast Festival and was Australia's first story to be released on Radio Atlas in January 2020.