We are pleased to collaborate with the Australian Water Association (AWA) to launch the video – Talking Water: Kwatja Ngkama. ‘Kwatja Ngkama’ is the Western Arrernte translation for ‘Talking Water’.

The video aims to capture and promote indigenous water knowledge, stories and thoughts from the past and present, along with a vision for the future.

Eric Vanweydeveld, Power and Water Corporation and Natalie Fires, GHD captured the stories of Aboriginal elders and custodians from the Western Arrernte people, Central Arrernte people and Warlpiri people in Central Australia. In this video we hear from:

  • Kevin 'Mpitjana' Ungwanaka, Custodian of Irrmankarra (Running Waters)
  • Que 'Nakamarra' Kenny, Custodian of Lhere Pinte (Finke River)
  • Peter 'Mbitjana' Renehan, Custodian of Lhere Mbantua (Todd River)
  • Benedict 'Kngwari' Stevens, Custodian of Lhere Mbantua (Todd River)
  • Ned 'Jampijimpa' Hargraves, Warlpiri Elder and Traditional Owner Pirlinyanu

National Reconciliation Week is a time for learning about shared histories, cultures, and achievements. Talking Water contributes to that sharing and collaboration in the context of water with participants sharing their own water stories.

29 May 2020

Sandi Kolbe

Sandi Kolbe

Communications Manager