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Nyinkka Nyunyu is an initiative of the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation.

You can learn more about Julalikari below.

our sacred site

 

This is a region where many dreamings criss-cross the country, one of the important ones is the Jalawarla (black nose python) and our people had many big ceremonies for this one. There are the two butterfly sisters, the two bush coconut women (the Kantaji women’s) and the flying fox man (pitangu) the group of dancing women, the moon man who was chasing them.

Our precinct is on the site of the Nyinkka. The crow was in love with Nyinkka and it is a torrid love story but it is here that she emerged and here her spirit returned and is there for eternity.

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Our Activities

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our story

the land

Warumungu lands cover a huge area, three or four different kinds of country. From mangkurru (plains), to wangarri (hills) and purnukurr (swamp country). In the summer we’ll go swimming! Roughly the boundary would be about 100 k’s kankurru (south) of here to karlu karlu (Devils Marbles). Then you go kajunu (north) about 120 k’s, 250 k’s kakuru (east). Not too far karu (West), pretty much right here. Warrego is the boundary. The area is not that wide, but there’s a lot of diversity. And it’s rich, our manu (Country).

the centre

In 1995 the Warumungu community of Tennant Creek decided to initiate the development of an art and cultural centre, Nyinkka Nyunyu, which opened in 2003.

After several years of consultation, research and discussion five key themes were decided upon to make up the backbone of the interpretive display for the centre. They were: Bush tucker and resources, Country, Language, History and Punttu (or family).

first contact history

On the 26th of June In 1860 in week 17 of John McDouall Sturt’s expedition to cross Australia they turned back to Adelaide after a resistance attack with the Warumangu people at a creek called Yijjiriminti  which he named Hayward Creek.  “…they were confronted by about thirty warriors who shouted at them, threatened them with boomerangs and set fire to the grass around them. Stuart tried to appear friendly but noticed even more warriors emerging from behind the bushes. After a couple of volleys of boomerangs, one of which hit Stuart's horse, the three men opened fired... They had no option but to retreat southwards with the warriors following them some way, yelling and setting fire to the grass...  Stuart decided that night to abandon the expedition and return to Adelaide. He knew that his party was too small to cope with their wily adversaries.” (Source ABC)

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Our Team

 
 
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Jimmy Frank

Jimmy is a Warumungu man who has many personal stories connected to the exhibitions in our museum. He is the site’s cultural liaison and events facilitator, one of the tour guides on site, with great knowledge about the regions history and culture. Jimmy is a gifted artist and craftsman, with many of his artefacts available in our shop.

Jerry Warumungu-Kelly

Jerry is well known for his featured ranch in Tennant Creek where he used to offer the ultimate outback experience of horseback riding and exploring some of the bush foods and medicines available on country. Jerry has remarkable cultural knowledge and is the head tour guide for the centre and will be training younger people in the profession. He has over 10 years experience hosting tours for diverse people, from disability tours to billy tea and damper for the elderly. Jerry is famous for his kangaroo tail and damper cook ups for the Barkley Arts Festival each year. Book in your tour with him here.Waru

Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams is a Warumungu man and artist. He is a master carver who has a long experience of traditional and modern carving and sculpture in Tennant Creek. He started to practice carving with his grand father when he was a teenager. He reinvents the traditional objects such as boomerang, clapping sticks or coolamon using hard wood. Lots of his works has been exhibited and purchased by Regional Arts Centres and Galleries. You can buy some of his work at our shop or go on a guided tour with him around our site.

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Nathaniel Godilla

Nathaniel is the amazing grounds keeper for the centre. He is a local man and we love having him on the team.

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Caz ‘mumma roo’

Our local wildlife expert Caz is often seen feeding little joeys with milk or being a friendly face at the front desk of Nyinkka Nyunyu. She is well versed in the history of the region, can share many anecdotal insights and knows many of the local artists. Cazz is the public liaison officer for Nyinkka Nyunyu and will help inform and guide you through our shop. She is also a talented healer and volunteers with the local vet as an assistant in Surgery. (Bella is the superstar pictured above).


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Erica Izett

Erica is the coordinator of Nyinkka Nyunyu and loves facilitating the amazing talent of the team. She is an artist, curator and researcher who has been working in the Aboriginal art Industry for 30 years. She’s been with Nyinkka since early 2019.