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Pulangkita pitjangu (When the blanket came)

Rene Kulitja and Rhett Hammerton

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Ara Irititjawanu ngarala ngaranyi wiyaringkuntja wiya alatjitu Tjamu-ku munu Kami-ku palumpa pulampa Walytjapiti iriti nyinanytja tjuta-ku nganampa nyangatja wantikatingu Tjukurpa ngura manta munu wangka malatja malatja-ku Nganana wiyaringkunyangka tjitji malatja tjuta-ngka ma-kanyilku Pulangkita pitjangu munu wangka nganampa tjutunu Nganana English wiya Kulinmalanya Nganana panya pitjanytjatjara tjuta!

Our culture has been passed down endlessly through the ages, by our grandfathers and grandmothers. Our families – many generations – left this behind for us: law, places, land and language, to be inherited by all those that come after them. And when we are gone, they will be for our children after us to hold and look after. This blanket came and covered over our language. But let us remember – we are not English. We are Pitjantjatjara!

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Other NPPP photos from Rhett Hammerton

Kumantjayi, 2010 by Rhett Hammerton
NPPP 2011 Finalist
Katherine, NT / Harrietville, VIC, 2017 by Rhett Hammerton
NPPP 2018 Finalist
Cliffy, 2015 by Rhett Hammerton
NPPP 2016 Finalist

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.