Witulya mulapa nganana mantjintjaku: From cultural devastation to cultural re-invention: At The Heart of Learning (Series: Paper 2 of 4)

Witulya mulapa nganana mantjintjaku: From cultural devastation to cultural re-invention: At The Heart of Learning (Series: Paper 2 of 4) Journal Article

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples

  • Author(s): Makiniti Minutjukur, Sam Osborne
  • Published: 2014
  • Volume: 10

Abstract: For remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, the world has changed completely and irrevocably in the space of a lifetime. Drawing on Jonathan Lear’s (2006) Radical Hope, the authors highlight the comparative struggles outlined in Lear’s refl ection on the life of Crow Indian chief Plenty Coups. For Anangu (Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara people), the same question that confronted Plenty Coups arises: “How can Anangu pursue a ‘virtuous’ Anangu existence in a world where ‘being Anangu’ no longer ‘makes any sense’?” The authors explore the possibilities of choosing cultural re- invention over resigning to a sense of “the end” and consider how the recognition and retention of long- held values might benefi t the broader experience of education, rather than be considered as a barrier or constraint to “success”.

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Makiniti Minutjukur, Sam Osborne, 2014, Witulya mulapa nganana mantjintjaku: From cultural devastation to cultural re-invention: At The Heart of Learning (Series: Paper 2 of 4), Volume:10, Journal Article, viewed 12 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2941.

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