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Ngayulu manta pampura  // When I touched the ground (2019)

Ara Irititja / Radio Atlas

Collaborative work with Nyurapaya Kaika Burton, Tjala Arts funded by the Australia Council for the Arts

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 Country.

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. A respected and revered senior artist, educator, storyteller and cultural leader, she is also one of the few remaining deep, poetic speakers of Pitjantjatjara, something she also wanted to share in the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

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 finalist/listening reel at Third Coast Festival and was released on Radio Atlas in January 2020. It won Best Documentary at the First Nations Media Awards in 2020.


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