Adnyamathanha cultural guide welcomed

The Adnyamathanha Culture Guide and Language Book was re-launched at Wilpena Pound Resort earlier this month on the eve of NAIDOC Week and it’s already promising to be an important resource for so many.

Author Terrence Coulthard addresses guests at the book launch in front of Wilpena Pound Resort

Author and Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park Co-management Board member Terrence Coulthard and his wife Josie have dedicated much of their time since the mid-1980s developing the book.

Its 441 pages include cultural practices, muda (songlines), music, social history, grammar, kinship and it is also a two-way dictionary.

National Parks and Wildlife Services South Australia (NPWSSA) Manager Flinders and Outback Tony Magor was honoured to attend the launch of such a significant cultural resource.

‘The relaunch of this book is an important event,’ Tony said.

‘Not only does the NPWSSA have a long working partnership with the Adnyamathanha community which pre-dates co-management, NPWSSA provided some sponsorship to assist with publishing the book.’

Younger Adnyamathanha people commented on the day about the book’s importance as it gives them a handy, accessible and comprehensive resource where they can learn more about their culture.

Tony believes that the book will be a great resource for NPWSSA staff.

‘This book will become a reference to improve our cultural understanding and for developing interpretive signs and publications in conjunction with co-management boards on Adnyamathanha Country,’ he said.

The event was attended by Adnyamathanha community members, NPWSSA staff and invited guests including the Minister for Energy and Mining and State Member for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

The Adnyamathanha Culture Guide and Language Book can be purchased online.