Traditional Healers of central Australia contains unique stories and imagery and primary source material: the ngangkari speak directly to the reader. Ngangkari are senior Aboriginal people authorised to speak publicly about Anangu (Western Desert language speaking Aboriginal people) culture and practices. It is accurate, authorised information about their work, in their own words. The practice of traditional healing is still very much a part of contemporary Aboriginal society. The ngangkari currently employed at NPY Women's Council deliver treatments to people across a tri-state region of about 350,000 sq km, in more than 25 communities in SA, WA and NT. Acknowledged, respected and accepted these ngangkari work collaboratively with hospitals and health professionals even beyond this region, working hand in hand with Western medical practitioners.
Contents: Alani - Introduction -- Ngangkari -- Wangkanyi -- About Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation -- Spelling and pronunciation -- Glossary. Includes index.
People: Tjilari, Andy.
Baker, Toby Minyintiri.
Peter, Rupert Langkatjukur, 1941-2012.
Ken, Ilawanti Ungkutjuru.
McKenzie, Pantjiti Unkari.
Watson, Sam Wimitja.
Mick, Josephine Watjari.
Baker, Jimmy, approximately 1915-2010.
Mervyn, Tinpulya Kangitja.
Tjalkuri, Bernard, 1930-
Tjutjuna, Harry, approximately 1930-
Toby, Wakupi Clem.
Thompson, Martin Wintjin.
Giles, Jacky Tjapaltjarri.
Text in English, glossary in Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara.