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Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Bushfood Enterprise

Category: Agreement
Sub Category:Indigenous Partnership
Location:Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
The Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara (NPY) people are in the area where the borders of Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia meet.
Alternative Names:
  • Only One! – Aboriginal Women Developing Natural Resources Industries Based on Traditional Knowledge
  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation and Outback Foods Supply Agreement
  • Payments:
  • - Natural Heritage Trust project ($40,000)
  • Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Cultural Heritage | Economic Development
    Detailed Information:
    The 'Only One! - Aboriginal Women Developing Natural Resources Industries Based on Traditional Knowledge' is a bush foods gathering enterprise run by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation, who operate out of Alice Springs.

    The project had start-up funding from Bushcare, a program of the Natural Heritage Trust, who contributed an initial $40,000. The project's goals are to establish a viable 'indigenous-controlled, ecologically sustainable, economic industry' in central Australia.

    The project also seeks to:
  • monitor the effects of traditional harvesting techniques on native species;
  • help in the transfer of traditional knowledge to younger generations;
  • increase industry management skills and training opportunities; and
  • aid trial planting of traditional bush seeds in local Aboriginal nurseries.

    The project's partners include Outback Bushfood, who has arranged to be supplied with seeds gathered by the women, and who assists in the transport of the project's participants to harvest locations.

    The bush foods being gathered include acacia and wattle seeds, used in bread and damper, and bush tomatoes, popular in community stores. The women traverse great distances to gather these seeds - over several months the members of the project travelled 6300 km and visited eight communities in South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

  • Related Entries

  • Outback Bushfoods
  • Bushcare
  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • People
  • Ngaanyatjarra People
  • Pitjantjatjara People
  • Yankunytjatjara People

  • References

    Australian Landcare Magazine (September 2002) Seed collection – women creating new business from old knowledge
    Journal of the Natural Heritage Trust (Autumn 2002) Bushfood industry thrives in Central Australia
    Jock Morse (October 2005) Bush Resources: Opportunities for Aboriginal Enterprise in Central Australia A joint project between the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre and the Central Land Council


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