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The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC) was formed in 1980. The idea for a women's organisation arose from the South Australian Pitjantjatjara Land Rights struggle in the late 1970s, where during consultations over land rights, women felt that their needs were not being addressed. The NPYWC was established, and was separately incorporated in 1994 under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006. NPYWC's region covers 350,000 square kilometres of the remote tri-state cross-border area of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, which has an over-all population of around 6,000.
NPYWC represents women in the region, including the Anangu and Yarnangu Aboriginal people living on the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands (Western Desert language region). The organisation maintains a permanent forum in which women are able to raise issues and make their opinions and decisions known, as well as providing opportunities for Anangu to learn, share knowledge and keep informed about relevant issues.
Abstract adapted from Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (NPY) Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation
3 Wilkinson St
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8921
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8958 2345
Fax: (08) 8952 3742
This book contains unique stories and imagery and primary source material from the Ngangkari; 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, written in their own words.
The practice of traditional healing is still very much a part of contemporary Aboriginal society. The Ngangkari currently employed at Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjar Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation deliver treatments to people across a tri-state region of about 350,000 square km, in more than 25 communities in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Ngangkari work collaboratively with hospitals and health professionals even beyond this region, working hand in hand with western medical practitioners.
Abstract adapted from Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjar Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation