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Kanakiya Tjanyari

Kanakiya Tjanyari

“I saw the missionaries at Ernabella; they were my first white people. They were teaching us tji tji’s (children) at the school – we were all naked, and living in the little humpies. We made fires and had blankets to stay warm when it was cold. The missionaries were always giving us baths and cooking us lots of porridge. I’m a Ngangkari (traditional healer) as well as an artist. My mother taught me about Ngangkari business. I’ve got an emu and eagle mapanpa (sacred ngangkari tool) inside me, and my mother gave me fire mapanpa. When I see any people that are sick, I can fly across the countries and put some bush medicine into their bodies by rubbing on their skin. I can give them kuuti (life energy) and make them healthy.”