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The Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Association (KAWA) runs the Kapululangu Women's Law and Culture Centre in Balgo, Western Australia. This centre was established by Balgo women Elders to assist them in fulfilling their obligations as the Senior Law Women (ceremonial bosses), healers, providers and protectors for their families and peoples. The centre was also established for Elders to enjoy and to teach the cultural knowledge passed to them by their old people and ancestors.
Kapululangu is a local Indigenous response to locally-identified problems using locally-initiated, culturally-based strategies. It was established by the Balgo women Elders because they wanted to enjoy and to teach the cultural knowledge passed to them by their old people and ancestors.
The Elders believe that connectedness with Tjukurrpa (the Universal Life Force/Dreaming) through ceremony, country and cultural awakening is an imperative in any attempt to protect their families from the social problems impacting their peoples, particularly their young ones.
The peoples' own law and culture is the missing piece of the jigsaw. Education, employment, housing, a strong administration, improved medical care are all important but they are all bricks - without a strong foundation the wall will fall down. There can be no real and lasting improvement in remote Aboriginal communities without the strengthening of pride and dignity in the people's Aboriginality.
Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Association abstract
Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Association
Private Mail Bag 116 Balgo
via Halls Creek WA 6770
Ph: (08) 9168 8848
Fax: (08) 9168 8848